The Rig Veda: An Anthologyby Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, Anonymous
The Rig Veda (c.1200-1900 b.c.), a collection of more than 1,000 hymns, represents the first extensive composition in any Indo-European language. Fraught with paradox, the hymns are meant 'to puzzle, to surprise, to trouble the mind,' writes Professor O'Flaherty, who has selected and translated 108 hymns for this volume. Details of daily life, the rich symbolism and mechanism of Vedic ritual, the pure poetry of the hymns - these elements combine to form a unique insight into early Indian mythology, philosophy and religion.
For the general reader, as well as the scholar, The Rig Veda will be a source of constant interest and pleasure. Professor O'Flaherty's translation is sound and eminently readable, allowing the hymns to yield up their beauty and their wisdom.
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The Rig Veda is meant to puzzle, surprise, and challenge the mind. The hymns in O'Flaherty's translation do just that. It is a beautifully poetric book. The Rig Veda should be read several times because one reading only scratches the surface. There are so many symbols and antecdotes. Some hymns I found most interesting were the Creation Hymn, Aditi & the Birth of the Gods, and the Burial Hymn.