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From: V Sundar (vsundar_at_philly.infi.net)
Date: Tue Sep 08 1998 - 14:33:47 PDT
Bhaktas interested in the Rg Veda may also benefit from this Harvard Oriental Series publication. It is an authoritative and scholarly work, deriving its accuracy from the restoration of chhandas (metre). The disk version is a little clunky, though. Rig Veda, a metrically restored text with an introduction and notes by BAREND A. VAN NOOTEN and GARY B. HOLLAND 1994. Pages, xviii, 667. Royal 8. Price, $50.00. [ISBN 0-674-76971-6] [Introduction pp. i-xiii; edition, pp. 1-547, with mandala, sukta, rc numbers as well as Grassmann's numbers; and including deity, author, and meter.] Also including computer diskettes of the metrical AND the traditional Samhita texts with a quick program for word searches, as well as a simple conversion program allowing users to choose their own style of Romanization. NB: the texts are unformatted. The discette is formatted in DOS style which is easily readable by Macintosh computers these days. On request, we may supply a Mac version in the future. FROM THE AUTHORS' INTRODUCTION The Rig Veda has come down to us in two versions, the Samhita and the Padapatha, neither of which corresponds in all respects to the actual metrical form of the hymns... we have chosen to present the hymns in a format closely approximating the canonic forms of the various meters. ... The discrepancies between the metrical canon and the transmitted form of the hymn have been discussed beginning with the Pratisakhyas, and continuing through the works of Hermann Grassmann, Hermann Oldenberg, and E. Vernon Arnold, but no systematic method for restoring the text in conformance with the metrical canon has been devised. ... Our approach has been to treat the text in the first place as if it were a synchronic document and to use the meter as the principal criterion for analysis. We view this straightforward metrical restoration of the text as a necessary preliminary to any further investigation of the relative chronology of the Rig Veda. ...