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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rig Veda: Complete
This volume is the whole Rig Veda which is a unique event in itself due to lack of other full translation at an affordable price. The range of prayers this book covers is enormous and gives a direct view into the mindset of this civilisation of at least three thousand years ago. Here history is shrouded in myth and the religious attitudes of the ancient Indian people ring...
Published on 12 Mar 2009 by Dave Benn

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3.0 out of 5 stars Long, tedious and (mostly) unenlightening
The Rig-Veda not a narrative like the Bible or a religious doctrine like the Koran. It is a collection of prayers and as such, it is almost incomprehensible without some kind of side-tuition. Reading the Rig-Veda and expecting to understand ancient vedic religion is like trying to understand Christianity by only reading the psalms. It is VERY long, VERY esoteric and...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rig Veda: Complete, 12 Mar 2009
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This volume is the whole Rig Veda which is a unique event in itself due to lack of other full translation at an affordable price. The range of prayers this book covers is enormous and gives a direct view into the mindset of this civilisation of at least three thousand years ago. Here history is shrouded in myth and the religious attitudes of the ancient Indian people ring out from these pages.
Translated by Ralph T H Griffith in 1889 and long out of print is a full translation of the entire work. The price is wonderful and for those needing a glance into the forgotten world of Vedic India would be hard pressed to surpass this book for another version of Rig Veda for at least double the price. For an English person wanting to swim in the tide of these ancient prayers then this is a good investment that can give years of inspirational reading.
Here you will meet Indra, Rudra,Agni and praises to soma the sacrificial offering to the Vedic Gods with verses to be sung to them in quiet ritual of wonder.
This is a good book for any interested modern researcher to add to the bulging bookshelves and the publishers Forgotten Books are to be applauded for reprinting many of these long out of print treasures.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Long, tedious and (mostly) unenlightening, 11 Aug 2012
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The Rig-Veda not a narrative like the Bible or a religious doctrine like the Koran. It is a collection of prayers and as such, it is almost incomprehensible without some kind of side-tuition. Reading the Rig-Veda and expecting to understand ancient vedic religion is like trying to understand Christianity by only reading the psalms. It is VERY long, VERY esoteric and nuggets of information about the culture of the ancient worshippers or the nature of their gods are few and far between. Most of the prayers are just concerned with heaping praise on the gods and 'soma' their sacred drink. For all these reasons, I would steer the casually curious away from this work; it would be much better to purchase a synthesis that discuses the text's place in history and the philosophical highlights.

On the plus side, the Rig-Veda is still one of the most ancient religious works surviving, of comparable antiquity with the Zend Avesta and Egyptian Pyramid texts (it long pre-dates the Bible and Homer, the ancient works western audiences will be most familiar with). Having access to this large repository of ancient writing for such a low price is quite remarkable. I have no doubt that to the initiated, this represents a useful work (although it has to be noted that more modern translations with rendering notes are available for the true scholar, but these can be much more expensive).
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