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The Asvamedha - The Rite and Its Logic
The Asvamedha - The Rite and Its Logic

The Asvamedha - The Rite and Its Logic

by Subhash Kak

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Language

English

Publisher

Motilal Banarsidass

ISBN

8120818776 - Year: 2002 - Pages: 71

Binding

Hardcover

Subhash Kak

Author: Subhash Kak
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 71
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120818776

Description

This essay describes the 'Asvamedha' 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:
1> it presents an equivalence of the naksatra year to the heaven, implying that it is a rite that celebrates the rebirth of the Sun;
2> it is symbolic of the conquest of Time by the King, in whose name the rite is performed; and
3> 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.

Contents

Preface

Introduction
Sacrifice, Sacred Theater
Animal Sacrifice
Altars and Astronomy
The Asvamedha Rite
Domestic and Wild Beasts
The Authority of the Kind
Epiolgue

Abbreviations
Notes
References
Index

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