Note on Vedic shAkhAs

Anand V. Hudli anandhudli at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 23 13:48:59 CDT 1999

On Mon, 23 Aug 1999 12:28:48 EDT, Ashish Chandra <ramkisno at HOTMAIL.COM>

>Is it correct that the Purushah Sukta occurs in more than one Veda ? If
>is so, then is there a specific way in which it is to be recited, and if
>do all the Shakhas recite it the same way.

  Yes, the Purusha sUkta occurs in more than one Veda. I know for
  a fact that it occurs in the Rg, Yajur, and sAma vedas, but it
  may also occur in the atharva veda. Yes, there is a specific
  way to recite it according to one Veda. The Rg vedic Purusha sUkta
  has different accents than the Yajur vedic purusha sUkta. The
  sAma vedic purusha sUkta sounds like singing. Apart from the
  recitation differences, there are textual differences as well
  between the Rg vedic and yajur vedic purusha sUkta. It follows that
  not all shAkhAs recite it the same way.


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