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Abhicara Rites in the Veda

Purna Chandra Sahoo (Author)
Synopsis The term 'abhicara' in ancient Indian Literature stands for all types of harmful ritual practices which is otherwise known as sorcery or black magic. It is a wide spread phenomenon in the Vedic ritual system. There is a general belief that only the text of the Atharva Veda and the sacrifice called syena contain such dangerous rituals. But, in fat all important Vedic texts like Taittiriya, Maitrayani, Kathaka, Kathakapisthala and Vajasaneyi Samhitas, all the major Brahmana Texts, frauta and Grhya sutras very often deal with abhicara at various ritual contexts. Even in the Rgveda Samhita itself one finds some elements of abhicara. It is not surprising that all important Vedic sacrifices include, more or less, some such harmful rituals inside their performances.

Though some partial and limited works on this topic are published by few scholars, no major and systematic work on the entire topic has been done so far. This book contains a systematic study on the Vedic abhicara taking its various aspects in to consideration. Its basic materials are taken from all the important ritual texts and thereby not limited to any particular branch or class of the literature. Thus the book provides an entire pen-picture of the vedic abhicara to a reader.
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About the author

Purna Chandra Sahoo

The author has is MA in Sanskrit from the Utkal University at Bhaubaneswar in 1981 and Ph.D. from the Centre of Advanced Studies in Sanskrit, University of Pune in 1986. He has published 36 research articles in different National Indological Journals and more than ten articles are accepted for publication. Presently, he is working as an Editor in the Sanskrit Dictionary Project, Deccan College, Pune.

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Bibliographic information

Title Abhicara Rites in the Veda
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.09.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Pratibha Prakashan
Language: English
isbn 8177022091, 9788177022094
length xii+228p., Bibliography; 23cm.