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The Rigveda

Stephanie Jamison and Joel Brereton


The Ṛgveda is a monumental text in both world religion and world literature; yet it is comparatively little known outside a small band of specialists. The oldest Sanskrit text, composed in the latter half of the second millennium BCE, it stands as the foundational text of what will later be called Hinduism. The text consists of over a thousand hymns dedicated to various divinities, composed in sophisticated and often enigmatic poetry. Its range is large—encompassing profound meditations on cosmic enigmas, exuberant tributes to the wonders of the world, ardent praise of the gods and their works ... More

Keywords: Ritual, religious poetry, Hinduism, Veda, liturgy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190633363
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190633363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie Jamison, author
Distinguished Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures and of Indo-European Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

Joel Brereton, author
Professor of Asian Studies and Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin