It is beautifully written in Atharvaveda
, "Salutations to Mother Earth.
and its materia medica," Bulletin of the Indian Institute of History of Medicine (Hyderabad), vol.
The samhita of the Atharvaveda
(Hindu religious text) contains 114 hymns or incantations for the magical cure of diseases.
contains charms and ritual to ensure the birth of a son in preference to that of daughters (Altekar: 1956).
The Bhumisukta in Atharvaveda
proclaims, "The Earth is my Mother, I am son of the Earth.
Schmiedchen (eds), The Atharvaveda
and its Paippaladasakha: Historical and philological papers on a Vedic tradition, pp.
This system of medicine dating from 3000BC comprises four books called the vedas, one of which the atharvaveda
has more than 100 formulations for the treatment of diseases, many of which call for spices as a cure.
(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.