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Author Elizarenkova, T. I︠A︡. (Tatʹi︠a︡na I︠A︡kovlevna)

Title Language and style of the Vedic R̥ṣis / by Tatyana J. Elizarenkova ; edited with an introduction by Wendy Doniger
Published Albany : State University of New York, ©1995


Description 1 online resource (ix, 331 pages)
Series SUNY series in Hindu studies
SUNY series in Hindu studies.
Summary Elizarenkova, perhaps the greatest living scholar of the Rgveda and certainly its greatest linguist, explains here the relationships between a very complicated grammatical system and the peculiarities of style of the archaic religious poetry. The laudatory hymn is treated as an act of verbal communication between the poet Rsi and the deity, with the hymn itself transmitting certain information from man to god. From this viewpoint, the hymn is used as a means to maintain a circular exchange of gifts between the Rsis and their gods
Many peculiarities of the functioning of the grammatical system of the Rgveda are interpreted in connection with the model of the universe of the Vedic Aryan. For example, the concept of time as a circular process bears closely on the use of the verbal grammatical categories of tense and mood; the personification of some abstract forces can explain some irregularities in the functioning of the nominal category of gender; and the idea of magical power attributed to the Sacred Speech in general, and to the name of a god in particular, underlies the magical grammar of this religious poetry
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-317) and index
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Subject Vedas. R̥gveda -- Language, style
Vedas. R̥gveda.
Vedic language -- Style
Rishis -- History
Vedic language -- India
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY -- Ancient Languages.
Vedic language.
Vedic language -- Style.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Doniger, Wendy
LC no. 92040318
ISBN 0585069077
Other Titles I︠A︡zyk i stilʹ vediĭskikh rishi. English