The Atharva Veda
The Atharva Veda is the last of the
Vedas. It has not always been accepted as a Veda, which are often
spoken of as three. It still contains many hymns from the Rig Veda
but also has some more popular magic spells which are outside of the
strictly ritual-knowledge orientation of the other Vedas. Like the
Rig Veda it is a collection of hymns but of a more diverse
character, some very exalted like the Rig Veda others of more common
nature. As such it gives us a better idea of the life of common
people in Vedic times.
Atharvan is also an important figure
in the Zoroastrian religion. Atar is the Persian name for fire and
the Atharvan is the fire priest.
The deities of the Atharva Veda are
also the same as the Rig Veda although Rudra-Shiva assumes a more
visible role. The language is a little simpler and less variable in