Philological research

The textual development of the Bhagavad Gita has been researched, but the methods of this research have developed since its onset in the late 18th century. According to Adluri and Bagchee, 19th century German Indologists had an anti-Brahmanic stance,[146] due to their "Protestant suspicion of the Brahmans."[147] They conceived of the Mahabharata as an Indo-Germanic war-epic in origin, to which layers of text were added by the later Brahmins, including the Bhagavad Gita.[148] This interpretation was fueled by the search for Germanic origins and identity, in which the Brahmins were antithetical to the pure Aryans.[149] According to Adluri and Bagchee, 20th century Indology professionalized, but remained anti-Brahmanic, though the anti-Brahmanism disappeared from sight and went "underground."[150][note 12]

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