On Magical thought in the Veda

The Yajurveda-Sahitås and the various Bråhmaas, which constitute the bulk of Vedic literature, have been studied by Indologists for about 130 years. These texts generally have been regarded with incomprehension, bewilderment or derision. Max Müller spoke of them as ‘the twaddling of idiots’ and L. v. Schroeder, who himself edited two of the major Yajurveda texts, compared them with the written compositions of insane persons.

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