one of four texts from Aryan Vedic tradition, orally passed on in Sanskrit,
supposed to be divinely revealed to the ancient monks. Chanted at rituals,
and contained stories about creation and established the four Varnas.
only existing sect of the original 18 different schools that formed as a result of the Second
Council of monks, approximately 100 years after the Buddhas death
originally, one of the tharivas (elders) sects, that wanted st