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The Vedas (Atharva)

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. Like the other Vedas, Atharvaveda is also structured into sections called Saṁhitā (verses in praise of Vedic devatās or deities), Brāhmaṇa (ritual practice or liturgy), and Upaniṣad (spiritual and philosophical expositions or exegesis). Unlike the other Vedas, the Atharvaveda has no known Āraṇyaka section. The Mantras of the Atharvaveda provide reflections on worldly sciences such as governance, administration, and information about diseases and their cures.

Course Code: SAN 8101

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 800

Vedic texts constitute the foundation of the worldview and way of life that informs Hindu life and culture. Like the other Vedas, Atharvaveda is also structured into sections called Saṁhitā (verses in praise of Vedic devatās or deities), Brāhmaṇa (ritual practice or liturgy), and Upaniṣad (spiritual and philosophical expositions or exegesis). Unlike the other Vedas, the Atharvaveda has no known Āraṇyaka section. The Mantras of the Atharvaveda provide reflections on worldly sciences such as governance, administration, and information about diseases and their cures.

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Course content:

The course provides an overview of the features and contents of the Atharvaveda as well as provides illustrations from the Saṁhitā, Brāhmaṇa and Upaniṣad sections of the Atharvaveda that show how they differ from each other.

In this course students will be able to:

  1. Understand the arrangement of mantras in the Atharvaveda as well as the overview of its contents
  2. Understand the Vedic worldview through its philosophy of life
  3. Recognize the variation and divergence of Vedic and classical Sanskrit language
  4. Distinguish the convergence and divergence in nature, features, form, content, structure, and utility of the four Vedas, with regards to Vedic practices

Area of Study:- Sanskrit Studies

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: Completion of the course “Introduction to the Vedas”

Faculty / Instructor:  Prof M A Alwar, Prof. Ramanujacharya

Quarter Offered:  TBD

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