Sir Aurel Stein

“Popular local tradition has fortunately in Kashmir proved far more tenacious than the traditions of the learned.  I have often derived from it very valuable assistance in my local search for particular data.  The experience gained on my antiquarian tours has convinced me that when collected with caution, and critically sifted, such local tradition can safely be accepted as supplementary to the information of our written records.” (Sir Aurel Stein, Rajatarangini, Vol. 2, 385).

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