The Vedas are a large body of texts originating in ancient India. Composed in Vedic Sanskrit, the texts constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism.
The Vedas are apauru?eya ("not of human agency"). They are supposed to have been directly revealed, and thus are called ?ruti ("what is heard"), distinguishing them from other religious texts, which are called sm?ti ("what is remembered"). The Vedic texts or ?ruti are organized around four canonical collections of metrical material known as Sa?hit?s, of which the first three are related to the performance of yajna (sacrifice) in historical Vedic religion: 1. The Rigveda, containing hymns to be recited by the hot?; 2. The Yajurveda, containing formulas to be recited by the adhvaryu or officiating priest; 3. The Samaveda, containing formulas to be sung by the udg?t?. 4. The fourth is the Atharvaveda, a collection of spells and incantations, apotropaic charms and spec
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|Date published: || 2013|
|ISBN: ||9781105991561 (DRM-EPUB)|
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