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Sweta Ramachandran Chiarucci 224 Wheeler South and Southeast Asian Studies R5A 5 September 2007 Assignment #1 According to Michael Witzel, the Vedas, which means “(sacred) knowledge,” are “the oldest extant texts of India and contain religious and ritual poetry, ritual formulas, and the explanatory prose that interprets these very texts.” The Vedas are comprised of a variety of poetic and religious hymns. Anthony MacDonnell provides a translation to two such hymns, Savitr and Purusa, both from the Rgveda, the oldest Vedic text. These hymns deal with similar topics such as religion and divine beings but also contain key differences as well. In the first hymn, Savitr “appears as a regulator of time, bringing day and especially night.” In this hymn, Savitr is celebrated as the golden deity and is called upon by a loyal worshipper. The repetition of “I call on” in the first stanza emphasizes the desperate yearning of the narrator for his all-knowing and all-seeing deity. God Savitr is
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