A History of Indian Literature - Vol. I: Veda and Upanishads by Jan Gonda

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I, p. 119. g. from an occurrence in the year 1742 communicated by WEBER, in ZDMG 7, p. 235. 4 L. RENOXJ, Le destin du Veda dans l'Inde, E. V. P. VI (1960; Engl. transl. The destiny of the Veda in India, Delhi 1965); J. GONDA, Change and continuity in Indian religion, The Hague 1965, ch. I. 44 J- Gonda • Vedic Literature what was supposed to be their original form. Without exactitude in the pronunciation of accents, quantities etc.

11 and elsewhere. g. between mandalas VI and VII: H. D. VELANKAB, in JBBRAS 18, p. 12. 29 See above, p. 12. Now see also N. J. SHENDE, at JASBombay 41-42, p. 56. 30 ARNOLD, Vedic metre, p. X. Introduction to the Veda in general and the Rgveda in particular 29 dices31. Many of these are also linguistically strongly suggestive of the Atharvaveda: 1, 191; 4, 58; 5, 8732; 7, 59, 1233; 7, 10434; 8, 10335; 9, 109-11436. It was however wisely observed37 that the difference between the hieratic and the popular hymns38 is not necessarily, or exclusively, one of date, but also, or even largely one of dialect, style or subject-matter, and (we may add) of origin (social or religious milieu).

45. 26 J. Gonda • Vedic Literature 4. Development of 'schools'; appendices and ancillary literature Bloomfield1 was no doubt in the main right in drawing attention to the poets' awareness of the fact that Rgvedic composition stretched over a long period2 preceding their own time. "The Rgveda is the final expression of its own type of composition" and it is, consequently, often easy to point out signs of relative lateness, but extremely difficult to find any hymns which show positive signs of coming from the period when hymns of the Vedic variety were first composed.

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