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Women Seers of the Rigveda

by: Mau Das Gupta

Providing detailed accounts of the women seers of Rigveda, this volume discusses the traditional expositions vis-à-vis the modern interpretations of those accounts. It minutely explains the sociocultural aspects of the select texts, thus exposing the world-view of those women seers.

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ISBN: 9788124608685
Year Of Publication: 2017
Edition: 1st Edition
Pages : xiv, 316
Bibliographic Details : Bibliography, Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 650

Overview

This volume brings forth an in-depth study of Rigveda from the sociocultural perspective, analysing the various aspects of hymns ascribed to the women seers of the “root Veda”. Though modern scholars from the East and the West have made many an attempt in interpreting the hymns of the Rigvedic poetesses, those lacked a thorough study from the sociocultural perspective.
While providing detailed accounts of the women seers of Rigveda, this volume discusses the traditional expositions vis-à-vis the modern interpretations of those accounts. It minutely explains the sociocultural aspects of the select texts, thus exposing the world-view of those women seers. Their personal traits and compositions on the basis of the mythological data available in the Vedic and subsequent literatures enrich the volume further.
Apart from the liturgical peculiarities and literary analysis of the hymns of the women seers, and the language and stylistics of the texts from a linguistic point of view, the book deals with a study of the sentence patterns which, normally lacks in Sanskrit research works.

Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
1. Introduction
Romasha – Lopamudra – The Rivers – Aditi – Vishvavara – Shashvati – Apala – Sikata and Nivavari – Yami – Ghosha – Agastya-svasri – Surya – Indrani – Urvashi – Dakshina – Sarama – Juhu – Vac – Ratri – Godha – Indrani Again – Shraddha – Indra-matris – Yami Again – Shachi – Sarparajni – Vasukra-patni – Nishat and Upanishat – Shri – Laksha – Medha
2. Traditional Expositions vis-à-vis Modern Interpretations of the Concerned Rigvedic Hymns: Some Major Differences
3. Socio-Cultural Aspects of the Select Hymns and the World-view of the Women Seers
The World of Women in the Rigvedic Age
Weltanschauung of the Female Seers
Summing Up
4. Mythological Aspects of the Select Texts
Myth and Mythology and the Rigvedic Context
Trends in Indian Mythological Researches
Gods vis-à-vis Mortals
Mythification and Ritual
Vedic Mythology
Mythological Tracks in the Literature of the Rigvedic Female Seers
5. Liturgical Peculiarities of the Select Texts
The Hymn Ascribed to Nishat and Upanishat
6. Literary Appreciation of the Select Texts and the Poetic Imageries Therein
Chief Elements of Oral Poetry Found in Select Texts
A Survey of the Figures of Speech Used in the Select Texts
Imageries Found in the Select Texts
7. A Study of the Language and Stylistics of the Text
Analysis IA: A Study of the HC Orders in Select Verses of the Female Seers
Analysis IB: A Brief Study of the HC Orders in Select Verses of Male and Female Seers
Analysis II: A Study of the Negative Sentences in Verses Ascribed to Male and Female Seers
Analysis III: A Study of the Interrogative Sentences inVerses of Male and Female Seers
Findings from the Above Analyses
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index of English Terms
Index of Sanskrit Terms

Meet the Author
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Mau Das Gupta was awarded the prestigious Eashan Scholarship and the University gold medal along with many other prizes for her outstanding results in graduate and post-graduate examinations of the University of Calcutta. She did her PhD at Jadavpur University. She is an Associate Professor of Sanskrit in the University of Calcutta and was head, Department of Sanskrit till January 2016. A Vedic scholar, Das Gupta has interests in various fields of literature. A poetess herself, she is also known for writing serious articles on various issues concerning Sanskrit and Bengali literature. She is a Sahitya Akademi Awardee (2015) for her translation of Hazari Prasad Dwivedi’s Anamdas ka Potha (2012) into Bengali. In 2015, Ramkrishna Mission Institute of Culture published her Gitar dvitiya adhyay (mul saha kabitay).
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