contains charms and ritual to ensure the birth of a son in preference to that of daughters (Altekar: 1956).
The Bhumisukta in Atharvaveda
proclaims, "The Earth is my Mother, I am son of the Earth.
This system of medicine dating from 3000BC comprises four books called the vedas, one of which the atharvaveda
has more than 100 formulations for the treatment of diseases, many of which call for spices as a cure.
Deepak Shimkhada's discussion of the little known cult of the Goma (= Gomata = Cow Mother) in the Kathmandu Valley based on a 16th-century text is strangely sandwiched between Christopher Chapple's discussion of the Prithivisukta in the Atharvaveda
, the Samkhya philosophy, and the 10th-century Kashmiri philosopher Abhinavagupta's spiritual aestheticism, all from a contemporary ecological perspective, and the essay on Sarasvati already referred to.
Possibly the oldest among Indian systems, Samkhyan ideas have been found in the cosmogonic hymns of the Rig-Veda, parts of the Atharvaveda
, and in the Upanisads.
erkennen laszt, dasz der Rgveda Panini schon als Sammlung (samhita) und zusammen mit dem Padapatha vorlag wie uns auch, dasz er fur Vajasaneyi--und Maitrayani-Samhita den Text nicht in der uns erhaltenen Form gekannt hat und dasz der Atharvaveda
als Sammlung offenbar erst sehr spat entstanden ist.
On the basis of this world view as unfolded in the famous Asvamiyasukta in the X Mangala of Rigveda, and in Atharvaveda
also, Aitareya Mahidasa, spelt out the first concept of art--creativity in his Aitareya Brahmana around 1000 BC.
However, it then gained more specific and enduring meaning as 'world' (in the Atharvaveda
, certain Brahmanas and onwards).
(AVg 13,1,22) calls Rohini the devoted wife of Rohita, the rising sun, which suggests heliacal observation.
174-75) in The Atharvaveda
and Its Paippallidailikha: Historical and Philological Papers on a Vedic Tradition, ed.
The purohita defends his king with spiritual weapons like the spells of the Atharvaveda
, the councelors (at least three) deal with secular problems.
His treatment of the Atharvaveda
, on the other hand, is relatively poor, as he himself acknowledges.