Terms and Questions
Arya and Yajna:
Indra, Vrtra, and Agni
The Four Samhitas
What are the two theses
regarding the Aryans and where they came from?†
Why is this important to people?
What is George Dumezilís
theory regarding the Aryan formulation of society?
Describe the two central
dimensions of early Vedic religion as presented in class
What was the purpose of
the yajna in the early and late
What is the significance
of ecstatic visions in early Vedic religion?
How do the Samhitas
relate to the rituals of the Brahmins?
How did notions of the
effectiveness of the yajna change
during the time of early Vedic religion?