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Vedic Voices: Intimate Narratives of Living Andhra Traditions

David M. Knipe


Four generations of ten families in the Godavari Delta of coastal Andhra speak about their lives; ancestral lineages; decisions as Yajur Veda pandits, wives, and children; and ways of coping with an avalanche of changes in modern India. They are virtually unrecognized survivors of a 3,700-year-old oral tradition, the last in India who simultaneously recite and teach their Taittiriya texts and perform according to Vedic tradition the ancient animal and soma sacrifices, sometimes with sixteen priests for forty consecutive days. This study covers Vedic families, including nine prestigious ahitagn ... More

Keywords: Veda, Godavari Delta Andhra, pandit, ahitagni three-fire sacrificer, animal and soma sacrifice, wives as co-sacrificers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199397686
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199397686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David M. Knipe, author
University of Wisconsin-Madison