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  • proper n. A sacred text of Hinduism, and one of the four Vedas, often called the "fourth Veda".


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From Sanskrit अथर्ववेद (Atharva-véda), from अथर्वन् (átharvan, "a type of priest") and वेद (veda, "knowledge").


  • In India, the ancient Atharvaveda contained a charm to take the disease from the patient and transfer it into a yellow wagtail.

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  • Pariśiṣṭas of the Atharvaveda (tenth or eleventh cen - tury?); in works of the thirteenth century and later, en - titled tājika, a massive infusion of the Arabic versions of celestial omina, as transmitted through Persian


  • Atharvaveda contains little else than magical recitations against every ill and for every happening.

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  • The Atharvaveda praises God in Book 20, hymn 58 and verse 3:

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  • 1000 B.C.E., possibly two centuries prior to the related Gathas in the Avesta of Iran; the Samaveda, which contains antiphonal selections from the Rig; the Yajurveda, hymns and sacrificial prose; and the Atharvaveda, a repertory of magical formulae.

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