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Taylor Cooperon 24 September 2012
Transcript of Rig Veda
Original Hymns were passed down orally until they were written down in 600 B.C.
While the Rig Veda is the oldest of the four Vedas.
The Rig-Veda, or the Book of Wisdom, is a collection of 1,028 hymns, which contain the mythology of the Hindu gods.
It is considered to be one of the foundations of the Hindu religion.
There are 33 gods mentioned in the Rig Veda, including Indri, the war god, Agni, the fire god, and Yama, the god of death. Historical and Cultural Content The style of the Creation Hymn and Burial Hymn are in a poem format. Each containing seven stanzas and within each stanza there are 4 lines. Style Is there a God? Universal Questions and Answers Compare and Contrast Differences Similarities CITATIONS Schaue, Nathan. "The Rig Veda." 1200-900 BC. (1998): n. page. Web. 20 Sep. 2012. <http://www.thenagain.info/webchron/india/rigveda "The gods came afterward, with the creation of this universe." (115)
"In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the earth." (65) " "Whence this creation has arisen-perhaps it did not-the one who looks down on it, in the highest heaven, only he does not know." (115)
"God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he rested from all his work which God created and made" (66) "There was no distinguishing sign of night nor of day... Darkness was hidden by the darkness in the beginning." (115)
"And the earth was without form, and void; and the darkness was upon the face of the deep." (66) "Poets seeking their heart of wisdom found the bond of existence in non-existence. Their cord was extended across." (115)
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (65) At the beginning of our universe, nothing existed. No one died and no one lived. Everything was hidden by darkness. But the universe was created by the power of heat. The first thought grew out of desire. But no one knows who created the universe or what happened, not even the gods. Creation Hymn
First stanza is constructed of questions. The next three stanzas are explanations of creation. Stanza five and six are more questions and the final stanza is a conclusion of the Hymn. Burial Hymn
Written in first person point of view which suggests a greater power. Has a positive connotation throughout the Hymn putting a better outlook on death. Yes, the Rig Veda mentions a god in both hymns. In the Burial Hymn it says "let Yama build a house for you here", Yama being the god of death. Is there more than one god? Yes, In the build background it says 33 gods are mentioned in Rig Veda. Also, in the Creation Hymn it says "The gods came afterwards" implying there is more than one. Where did we come from? The Creation Hymn says it was all darkness in the beginning. It is unclear what started the creation of the universe, the hymn says "the one who looks down on it, in the highest heaven, only he knows- or perhaps he does not know." Where we came from is still a mystery thast we can never know for sure.