Harvard Oriental Series Volume 24

Harvard Oriental Series Volume 24

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...at times in such a way that we can distinguish neatly the adapted form from the original. These cases are of first.class interest and deserve to be illustrated quite fully: In 1.142.3 Naracahsa, a form of Agni in an Aprl.hymn, is said to be cucih pavako adbhutah, 'bright, pure, wonderful'; in 9.24.6 Soma Pavamana is referred to in the same pada; in 9.24.7 we have, again of Soma Pavamana, the statement, cucih pavaka ucyate. Now, further, in 8.13.19 the words of these padas are soldered together in a longer composite pada (see p. 535), cucih pavaka ucyate so adbhutah. This time these words are applied neither to Agni nor Soma, but, forsooth, to a devoted poet (stota anuvratah). By a bold figure of speech the standard qualities of these gods are adapted to the worshipper of these gods. The relative lateness of 8.13.19 is obvious. Similarly Usas is said to go straight on the path of the rta, 'cosmic law', in 1.124.3; 5.8o.4 (rtasya pantham anv eti sadhu); the same statement about a sacrificer in 10.66.3 (rtasya pantham anv emi sadhuya) shows the pada, as a parenthesis, in secondary application, with rta in the sense of 'sacrificial canon'. A few other padas are degraded, as it were, from their high position as describing divinities to sundry secondary subsidiary and lower uses. Goddess Aurora (Usas) is described as 'spreading farther and farther' in 1.124.5, vy u prathate vitaram varlyah; the same statement is mere bathos, as applied to the sacrificial straw (barhis) in 10.110.4. The clever Rbhus are said in 3.60.3 to exert themselves laboriously and skilfully, vistvl camlbhih sukrtah sukrtyaya; again, in 10.94.2, this poetic pada has sunk to a description of the primarily insensate press.stones (gravanah). In 1.139.3 God Sarya, like God...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236916638
  • 9781236916631