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THE HYMNS OF THE ATHARVA-VEDA in 2 Volumes (Benares, 1916)

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THE HYMNS OF THE ATHARVA-VEDA in 2 Volumes (Benares, 1916)

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THE HYMNS OF THE ATHARVA-VEDA in 2 Volumes (Benares, 1916)

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Griffith, Ralph T. H. (Translated with a popular commentary by).  The Hymns of the Atharva-Veda. 2 Volumes. Benares: E. J. Lazarus and Co. (in association with Probsthain & Co, London), 1916. 

No edition stated. 2 volumes. Hardcover. Octavo. Bound in blue cloth with gilt titles to spine.  xviii + 520, 499 pages. Each volume has a short publisher’s catalog tipped in to the end of volume. Minor edge wear and rubbing to cloth. All in all a very good or better set. 

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A classic work of Indian folk magic, the Atharva-Veda contains around 750 hymns and about six thousand verses. The contents consist principally of prayers, formulas, and charms for protection against evil spirits of all sorts and kinds, against sorcerers and sorceresses, diseases, snakes, and other noxious creatures, of benedictions and imprecations, invocations of magical herbs, prayers for long life, protection and prosperity, success in love, trade, and gambling, and other formulas to be employed in all kinds of domestic occurrences. In addition there are conjurations of funeral rites and the offering of cakes to the Manes or spirits of departed ancestors, the glorification of religious wandering mendicants, and more. In this strange collection of heterogeneous material there is much that is obscure, much that is unintelligible, much that is intolerably tedious, and not a little that would be offensive and disgusting to European tastes.