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Atharva-Veda

(ətär`və-vā`də, –vē–): see VedaVeda
[Sanskrit,=knowledge, cognate with English wit, from a root meaning know], oldest scriptures of Hinduism and the most ancient religious texts in an Indo-European language.
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After occasional references to naksatras in the Rgveda and to a year of twelve months and an intercalary month, there are numerous and systematic parallels of astronomical knowledge in later Vedic texts, such as the Atharvaveda, Taittirlya Samhita, and several Brahmanas, that closely follow the patterns laid out in the MUL.
29) Maurice Bloomfield, The Atharvaveda (Strassburg: Verlag Von Karl J.
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.
One can fairly assume that the tantric practices of both the Brahmanic and Buddhist traditions draw profoundly on the Vedic scriptures, particularly from the Atharvaveda and grow up complementing each other in their rivalry to each other, both supported and opposed by the prevalent administrative systems.
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).
En el Atharvaveda "lo innato" tiene como pecho la tierra (prithivi) y como espalda el cielo (dyaus); los componentes femeninos y masculinos del cosmos se asemejan a dos cascaras que se miran, a manera de un circulo escindido.
Paralleling probable social dynamics, his historical reading of Vedic religion speaks of conflict with, and later ever increasing assimilation of Tantra; the Rgveda is non-Tantrik, while the Atharvaveda is thoroughly Tantrik.
To these three Vedas--Rg, Yajur, and Sama, known as the trayi-vidya ("threefold knowledge")--was added a fourth, the Atharvaveda, a collection of hymns, magic spells, and incantations that represents a more folk level of religion and remains partly outside the Vedic sacrifice.
The Atharvaveda (AVg 13,1,22) calls Rohini the devoted wife of Rohita, the rising sun, which suggests heliacal observation.