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The Asvamedha: The Rite and its Logic

Authors (s): Subhash Kak (Author)
Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 8120818776
ISBN-13: 9788120818774
Pages: viii+71p., Notes; Figures; Reference; Index; 23cm.
Pub. date: 01.01.2004, Reprint
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language (s): English
Bagchee ID: BB4696
List price: US $ 20,00
Bagchee price: US $ 18,00
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Overview for The Asvamedha: The Rite and its Logic

This essay describes the A'svamedha rite and its symbolism to explain distinctive aspects of the Vedic sacrifice system. Several questions related to the Asvamedha are posed and answered in the context of Vedic epistemology. This rite has three important functions: (i) it presents an equivalence of the naksatra year to the heaven, implying that it is a rite that celebrates the rebirth of the sun; (ii) it is symbolic of the conquest of time by the king, in whose name the rite is performed; and (iii) it is a celebration of social harmony achieved by the transcendence of the fundamental conflicts between various sources of power. Numbers from another Vedic rite, the Agnicayana; help in the understanding of several of its details.
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  • A pathbreaking book on Indian culture

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    This is an outstanding work that changes our understanding of ancient India and that of Vedic knowledge.

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