Questions On The Vedic Period Essay

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The non-existent did not exist, nor did the existent exist at that time.
There existed neither the midspace nor the heaven beyond.
What stirred? From where and in whose protection?
Did water exist, a deep depth?
RV.X.129

The Vedic period was the first era in Indian history for which we have textual evidence and it can be traced as far back as 1500 BCE. The word veda means ‘knowledge’ or ‘wisdom’, and the texts composed during the Vedic period are known as the Vedas. The Vedas are amongst the oldest sacred texts and comprise of liturgical material: hymns, poems, prayers, formulas and discussions of sacrificial rites. It is commonly admitted that there are four collections of hymns the Ṛgveda (Rig Veda), the Yajur Veda, the Sama Veda, and the Atharva Veda.
They were written in the archaic Vedic Sanskrit language, and numerous scholars have been challenged to translate the scripts with close reference to the specific historical and cultural background. Furthermore, the Vedas were composed long before writing was introduced to India. Thus, they were orally transmitted over many generations. This essay shall demonstrate how sacrifice was fundamental to structuring Vedic society, and it shall do so by analysing the Vedas. In particular, I shall highlight how sacrifice relates to the non-moving practices of the tribes and their intimate connection with the resources. I will mainly concentrate on the most ancient of the four Vedas: Ṛgveda because these hymns,…

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