Lecture 11_RS145

Lecture 11_RS145 - RS145 Lecture 5-7-09 Practices...

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RS145 Lecture 5-7-09 Practices associated with the Veda: How do the notions of the “cosmic Veda” find their way into practices? Recitative Transmission: Vedic mantras have been passed down orally - Vedic Samhitas represent the oldest oral tradition in the world—even after writing was introduced they chose to continue the oral transition - (See grammatical scripture handout)—Shruti texts (that which was heard) - Samhitas—core of the Vedas—these are the texts that have been recited from generation to generation, syllable for syllable—accent for accent - THEORY: Written traditions are about verbatim reproduction and Oral traditions are about creative reconstruction—concerned with content telling it a new and fresh each time o VEDA is a verbatim reproduction of an oral text—they are oral scribes - Chain of transition that preserves the tradition of recitative transition: o It is still alive today –Vedic schools funding boys o Vedic mantras are the source of creation and the means to sustain
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