A Contemporary Guide to the Vedas: A Critical Survey of the Texts and Literature



The Vedas are a major textual foundation of Hinduism, yet much of their content remains obscure and difficult to access. A discussion of recent literature on the Vedas provides the scholar with a clear conception of the nature of Vedic textual materials, the world views implied by Vedic texts and the nature of Vedic ritual, the central element of Vedic religion. Important resources for the study of the Vedas are identified, together with an assessment of the most important research themes in Vedic religion today.