Brahmin had to be there to do rituals through intercession of various gods 1 I

Brahmin had to be there to do rituals through

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Brahmin had to be there to do rituals through intercession of various gods 1 I pray to Agni, the household priest who is the god of the sacrifice, the one who chants and invokes and brings most treasure. - fire and priest are all agni – unified by shared ritual role because they convey sacrifice up to the gods
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2 Agni earned the prayers of the ancient sages, and of those of the present, too; he will bring the gods here. - Intercession was necessary because he made gods present 3 Through Agni one may win wealth, and growth from day to day, glorious and most abounding in heroic sons. 4 Agni, the sacrificial ritual that you encompass on all sides – only that one goes to the gods. 5 Agni, the priest with the sharp sight of a poet, the true and most brilliant, the god will come with the gods. 6 Whatever good you wish to do for the one who worships you, Agni, through you, O Angiras, that comes true. - Angiras is a class of semi-legendary priests 7 To you, Agni, who shine upon darkness, we come day after day, bringing our thoughts and homage 8 to you, the king over sacrifices, the shining guardian of the Order, growing in your own house. 9 Be easy for us to reach, like a father to his son. Abide with us, Agni, for our happiness. - A ritual text that is recited by brahmin priests to kick off ritual sacrifices also a legendary text - This form of brahminic ritualism was based on the correct reciting of texts and fire and they are still performed in india today when a vedic fire sacrifice is laid out there is 3 fires (shapes correspond to shapes of the fire pits) - One is kindled from home fire who is patron of the sacrifice (people who requested it) - Home fire kindles eastern fire - The eastern fire is used to burn offerings and they go up to the gods - Southern fire offering goes to the ancestors Creation as sacrifice / Creation through sacrifice → Purusha Sukta ( literally means man) - There are mythic accounts of the creation of the universe is described as an act of religious sacrifice
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- It’s a newer vedic text because there are references to different genres of vedic text (they already existed before this one) - The sacrifice of the cosmic man purusha creates the earth – he has to die so the world would be born 1 The Man has a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, a thousand feet. He pervaded the earth on all sides and extended beyond it as far as ten fingers. 2 It is the Man who is all this, whatever has been and whatever is to be. He is the ruler of immortality, when he grows beyond everything through food. 3 Such is his greatness, and the Man is yet more than this. All creatures are a quarter of him; three quarters are what is immortal in heaven. 4 With three quarters the Man rose upwards, and one quarter of him still remains here. From this he spread out in all directions, into that which eats and that which does not eat. (...) - The purusha cosmic man has a relationship with the world of living people - Evades everything that exists - He is the sacrificed and the sacrifice -
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