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Sur un démon mineur de la religion védique


Voegeli, F D (2010). Sur un démon mineur de la religion védique. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 64(2):415-433.

Abstract

An entity named aráru is repeatedly mentioned in the sacrificial formulae called stambayajús which are recited by the Adhvaryu when he prepares the altar (védi) of the New and Full Moon sacrifices. These formulae say that aráru needs to be expelled from the earth of the védi and prevented to leap to the sky. Though aráru seems a malevolent being in the ritual, old Vedic sources call it “son of an ásura”. A passage of the Atharvaveda reveals that aráru was indeed considered to be the son of Yama. aráru has thus been demonized by the later Vedic literature, in a way which evokes the fate of the daēuua in Avestic literature. The case of aráru shows that such a process of demonization was also at work within the Vedic religion itself.

Abstract

An entity named aráru is repeatedly mentioned in the sacrificial formulae called stambayajús which are recited by the Adhvaryu when he prepares the altar (védi) of the New and Full Moon sacrifices. These formulae say that aráru needs to be expelled from the earth of the védi and prevented to leap to the sky. Though aráru seems a malevolent being in the ritual, old Vedic sources call it “son of an ásura”. A passage of the Atharvaveda reveals that aráru was indeed considered to be the son of Yama. aráru has thus been demonized by the later Vedic literature, in a way which evokes the fate of the daēuua in Avestic literature. The case of aráru shows that such a process of demonization was also at work within the Vedic religion itself.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 64 (2010) > 2
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
Language:French
Date:2010
Deposited On:10 Aug 2010 09:12
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:13
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717
Related URLs:http://www.sagw.ch/de/asiengesellschaft/publikationen/Asiatische-Studien.html (Publisher)
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