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Ṛṣis, the Poets of the Ṛgveda

The ṛṣis are the poets of the hymns of the Ṛgveda (see Vedas). Their poems follow the inherited patterns of Indo-Iranian, and sometimes even Indo-European, poetics, which, however, must be deduced from the vedic texts themselves. To some extent, the ṛṣis have described their composition technique in the very hy…

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Witzel, Michael, “Ṛṣis”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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