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Ṛṣis
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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 …

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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 22 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_BEH_COM_1030320>
First published online: 2018



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