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An astronomical interpretation of the anaḍvān sūkta


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This may be seen as a continuation of this note: Anatomy and heavens in the boomorphic universe.

The anaḍvān sūkta is an enigmatic sūkta from the Atharvaveda which falls in the same class as other sūkta-s which describe a “boomorphic” world – a very natural motif for the cattle-rearing Indo-European peoples. In the vulgate text it is 4.11 whereas in the Paippalāda Saṃhitā it appears as 3.25. The sūkta-s in the two saṃhitā-s are similar but the order of mantra-s is changed and there are few further pāṭha-bheda-s in the individual mantras, which however do not greatly alter the meaning. The exact ritual in which this sūkta was originally deployed remains a bit unclear. From the internal references it is clear that the rite was of 12 nights and was related to cattle. From the internal description it might be related to the rite known as the śabalīhoma described in…

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