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The Rigveda : a guide / Joel P. Brereton, Stephanie W. Jamison.

Author/Creator:
Brereton, Joel P., 1948- author.
Publication:
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
vii, 271 pages ; 21 cm.
Series:
Guides to sacred texts
Guides to sacred texts
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Subjects:
Vedas. R̥gveda -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Vedic literature -- History and criticism.
Vedas. R̥gveda.
Vedic literature.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Summary:
"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, moving and sometimes painful expressions of personal devotion, and penetrating reflections on the ability of mortals to approach and affect the divine and cosmic realms through sacrifice and praise. This guide introduces the text to a wider audience. It provides an overview of the text, its structure and the process of its composition and collection; treats its purpose and how this purpose is reflected in the contents and structure of the text; gives a sense of the text by quoting verses and complete hymns; situates it in the religious practices of its time; and considers its use and reception in later periods, which saw profound changes in religious practices and beliefs. It will also introduce the literary qualities of the text and the poets' belief in the role of their poetry in making sense of, and indeed creating, cosmic order and function by pressing the boundaries of language itself."-- Provided by publisher.
"The �Rgveda 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, moving and sometimes painful expressions of personal devotion, and penetrating reflections on the ability of mortals to approach and affect the divine and cosmic realms through sacrifice and praise. This guide introduces the text to a wider audience. It provides an overview of the text, its structure and the process of its composition and collection; treats its purpose and how this purpose is reflected in the contents and structure of the text; gives a sense of the text by quoting verses and complete hymns; situates it in the religious practices of its time; and considers its use and reception in later periods, which saw profound changes in religious practices and beliefs. It will also introduce the literary qualities of the text and the poets' belief in the role of their poetry in making sense of, and indeed creating, cosmic order and function by pressing the boundaries of language itself."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
I. Introduction
II. Historical Context
III. Dating and Authorship
IV. Structure of the Text
V. Social and Political Context
VI. Ritual
VII. The Gods
VIII. Eschatology
IX. Ṛgvedic Poetry and Poetics
X. Canonical Status and the Reception of the Ṛgveda
Selection of Ṛgvedic Hymns
Bibliography.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contributor:
Jamison, Stephanie W., author.
Other format:
Online version: Brereton, Joel P., 1948- The Rigveda
ISBN:
9780190633370
9780190633363
0190633360
0190633379
9780190633394
9780190633387
9780190633400
OCLC:
1113169031
Publisher Number:
99984148530