The Rigveda: 3-Volume Set

ISBN : 9780190685003

Stephanie W. Jamison; Joel P. Brereton
1728 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Oct 2017
South Asia Research


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  • First complete English translation of the Rigveda in over a century
  • Focuses on the poetic techniques and structures of the hymns
  • Draws on over a century of investigations of both linguistic and religious features to give a dramatically different view of the text

The Rigveda is the oldest Sanskrit text, consisting of over one thousand hymns dedicated to various divinities of the Vedic tradition. Orally composed and orally transmitted for several millennia, the hymns display remarkable poetic complexity and religious sophistication. As the culmination of the long tradition of Indo-Iranian oral-formulaic praise poetry and the first monument of specifically Indian religiosity and literature, the Rigveda is crucial to the understanding both of Indo-European and Indo-Iranian cultural prehistory and of later Indian religious history and high literature.
This new translation represents the first complete scholarly translation into English in over a century and utilizes the results of the intense research of the last century on the language and the ritual system of the text. The focus of this translation is on the poetic techniques and structures utilized by the bards and on the ways that the poetry intersects with and dynamically expresses the ritual underpinnings of the text.


Mandala I
Mandala II
Mandala III
Mandala IV

Mandala V
Mandala VI
Mandala VII
Mandala VIII

Mandala IX
Mandala X
Index of Hymns by Deity and Poet

About the author: 

Edited and translated by Stephanie W. Jamison, Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures, Indo-European Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, and Joel P. Brereton, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, University of Texas, Austin
Stephanie W. Jamison is Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures and of Indo-European Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has published widely in Indo-European and Indo-Iranian linguistics, poetics, and mythology and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Oriental Society.

Joel P. Brereton is Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. He has taught in both Religious Studies and Asian Studies programs and has written on the literature and religion of the Veda, especially the Rigveda and the early Upanishads, and on Vedic ritual.

"Jamison (UCLA) and Brereton (Univ. of Texas, Austin) are to be commended for a translation that is both accurate and accessible to a wide audience... Essential." - CHOICE

"A rich resource that can be read with pleasure from beginning to end; the introduction - in keeping with its subject - is full of matter and spirit... [splendid] volume of letters." - Norma Clarke, The Times Literary Supplement

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