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Vedic and Brahmanic Religion
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I. Veda: Origin, Content, Revelation

The Veda dates back to the oldest literate period of Indian religion (widest chronological span of textual productivity from c. 1800 to 200 bce, core phase c. 1500–500 bce). The earliest documents, which are collectively referred to as Veda (“[sacred] knowledge”), mirror the oldest linguistic stages of Old Indic (Vedic), a cognate of Old Iranian. In their – originally only orally – transmitted form, all four Vedas (R…

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Slaje, Walter, “Vedic and Brahmanic Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 May 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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