Namas (rishi)

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Namas was an ancient sage (rishi), who was a descendant of the Kashyapa lineage (Sanskrit कश्यप kaśyapa), one of the Saptarshis in the present Manvantara; with others being Atri, Vashishtha, Vishvamitra, Gautama, Jamadagni, Bharadwaja. Bengali-speaking community Namasudra(Namassej)is originated from this mythological sage.Though they were made out-cast, since their origin is Namas Rishi they were accepted as Namasudra meaning Namasya(ben=respectable) sudra or as they preached, Namas Sreej(> ssej) { ben= (from)Namas originated } > Namassej OR Namshya Sreejan >Namasya Sreej>Namassej.They believe in a clan relation like Marichi >Kashyap > Namas > Kirtiban& Uruban or Ariban. The buddhist Sraman, Adwaybajra ,discovered the community living in Gangohridi or Bengal .He mentioned in a book of hymns that they practised the meditation and revelations of Brahman , the Creator God in Sanatan religion ,and were found to wear sacred thread along with the Priest class of Varna Samaj.He wrote it in Dohakoshpunjika .The hymns have been mentioned in the scholarly book named "The History Bengali Literature" by Dr. Sukumar Sen.


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