The Atharva Veda
translated by Ralph Griffith
The Atharvaveda is a sacred text of Hinduism and one of the crucial four Vedas, steadily referred to as the “fourth Veda”. In keeping with tradition, the Atharvaveda used to be principally composed by two groups of rishis referred to as the Atharvanas and the Angirasa. In the Late Vedic Gopatha Brahmana, it is attributed to the Bhrigu and Angirasa. The Atharvaveda, at the same time as unquestionably belonging to the core Vedic corpus, in some ways represents an independent parallel tradition to that of the Rig-Veda and Yajurveda. It accommodates much of the early traditions of healing and magic that are paralleled in other Indo-European literatures.