9780140449891

The Rig Veda

  • ISBN 13:

    9780140449891

  • ISBN 10:

    0140449892

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 09/27/2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

The earliest of the four Hindu religious scriptures known as the Vedas, and the first extensive composition to survive in any Indo-European language, The Rig Veda(c. 1200–900 bc) is a collection of more than 1,000 individual Sanskrit hymns. A work of intricate beauty, it provides unique insight into early Indian mythology and culture. Fraught with paradox, the hymns are meant to puzzle, to surprise, to trouble the mind,” writes translator Wendy Doniger, who has selected 108 hymns for this volume. Chosen for their eloquence and wisdom, they focus on the enduring themes of creation, sacrifice, death, women, and the gods. Doniger’s The Rig Vedaprovides a fascinating introduction to a timeless masterpiece of Hindu ritual and spirituality.

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