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Essays on Vedic and Indo-European Culture

by Boris Oguibenine


  • ISBN: 9788120814998, 8120814991
  • Year of Publication: 1998
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 257
  • Language: English
  • Regular price ₹ 695.00

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    This book is about the cultural and religious patterns as these may be

    reconstructed on a twofold basis: Vedic poets views as known from the

    Rgveda and some old Indo-European literary sources examined in a

    comparative perspective.

    In its main bulk offers a novel approach to the Vedic theory of sacrifice

    from the point of view of the Vedic priest as an individual social type

    whose doing was conditioned by the conflict between the groups practising

    sacrifice as well as the tension between the patron of the sacrifice and

    the officiant. It also envisages the integration of the warrior into the

    sacrificial ritual and suggests a solution to the problem of the daksina

    (commonly called sacrificial priest's salary) interpreted as a

    materialisation of the relation between the priest, the gods invoked and

    the patrons of sacrifice, the daksina's function being to denote the value

    of the poetic word in the prayer.

    The book tackles also some particular issues in Vedic and Indo-European

    religions: the typology of the warrior, the 'cooking' of the poetic word

    linked to the double-entendre in Vedic poetry designed as a means to solve

    the problem of the relative importance of the speech within sacrificial

    ritual and of the food offerings to the gods; the early origins of the

    yogic practice in Vedic times related to some Indo-European practices as

    disclosed in Avestan, Hittite and Latin texts.

    Review(s)

    ".... an excellent comparative study of Veic and Indo-European culture. In

    this age of global awareness of inter-cultural dimensions of human wisdom

    this publication will prove to be of great importance."

    --Prabhuddha

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