Terms and Questions
Creation, Ecstatic Visions, and the Fire Sacrifice
Hymn of Origins
The slaying of Vrtra
Describe three cosmogonic myths in the Early Vedic tradition?
How does each of the
three cosmogonies relate to the Indian question of the One and the Many?
How do the three
cosmogonies relate to more recent (i.e., 9th Century CE) images and
Describe three ways in
which sacrifice was significant.
Describe two ways in
which the early Vedic notions of ultimate being and power are understood
Describe the two main
dimensions of early Vedic religion as presented in class
What was the purpose of
in the early and late Vedas and how did this change?
What is the significance
of ecstatic visions in early Vedic religion?
Who had them?
How do the Samhitas relate to ritual?
notions of the effectiveness of the yajna change during the time of early Vedic religion?