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Rig vedic period

16 Jun '07 04:24 pm
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The Rigveda (Sanskrit: gveda, a tatpurusha compound of rik "praise, verse" and veda "knowledge") is an ancient Indian religious book, that is a collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns dedicated to Rigvedic deities. It is counted among the four Hindu sacred texts (shruti) known as the Vedas. Based on internal evidence (philological and linguistic), the Rigveda was composed roughly between 17001100 BCE (the early Vedic period) in the Punjab (Sapta Sindhu) region of the Indian subcontinent,[1] putting it among the world's oldest religious texts, as well as among the oldest texts of any Indo-European language. It was preserved in India over centuries by oral tradition alone and was probably not put in writing until Late Antiquity or even the early Middle Ages.[2]

There are strong linguistic and cultural similarities between the Rigveda and the early Iranian Avesta, deriving from the Proto-Indo-Iranian times, often associated with the early Andronovo culture of ca. 2000 BC.[3]

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Answered by ramsurya, 16 Jun '07 04:34 pm

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