The Rigveda: 3 Volume Set

Paperback | May 7, 2014

EditorStephanie W. Jamison, Joel P. Brereton

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The Rigveda is the oldest Sanskrit text, consisting of over one thousand hymns dedicated to various divinities of the Vedic tradition. Orally composed and orally transmitted for several millennia, the hymns display remarkable poetic complexity and religious sophistication. As the culminationof the long tradition of Indo-Iranian oral-formulaic praise poetry and the first monument of specifically Indian religiousity and literature, the Rigveda is crucial to the understanding both of Indo-European and Indo-Iranian intellectual and aesthetic prehistory and of the rich flowering of Indicreligious expression and Indic high literature that were to follow.This new translation represents the first complete scholarly translation into English in over a century and utilizes the results of the intense research of the last century on the language and the ritual system of the text. The focus of this translation is on the poetic techniques and structuresutilized by the bards and on the ways that the poetry intersects with and dynamically expresses the ritual underpinnings of the text.

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The Rigveda is the oldest Sanskrit text, consisting of over one thousand hymns dedicated to various divinities of the Vedic tradition. Orally composed and orally transmitted for several millennia, the hymns display remarkable poetic complexity and religious sophistication. As the culminationof the long tradition of Indo-Iranian oral-fo...

Stephanie W. Jamison is Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. Joel P. Brereton is Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1680 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1 inPublished:May 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199370184

ISBN - 13:9780199370184

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VOLUME IAcknowledgementsIntroductionMandala IMandala IIMandala IIIMandala IVVOLUME IIMandala VMandala VIMandala VIIMandala VIIIVOLUME IIIMandala IXMandala XBibliographyIndex of Hymns by Deity and Poet