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Katha Aranyaka : Critical Edition with a Translation into German and an Introduction, Hardback Book

Katha Aranyaka : Critical Edition with a Translation into German and an Introduction Hardback

Edited by Michael Witzel

Part of the Harvard Oriental Series series


Dating to the first half of the first millennium BCE, the Katha Aranyaka is a ritualistic and speculative text that deals with a dangerous Vedic ritual that provides its sponsor with a new body after death.

In a new, never-before-published critical edition, Michael Witzel, using available manuscripts and, primarily, a color facsimile of a restored five-hundred-year-old Kashmiri birch bark manuscript preserved at T bingen since 1895, presents this work which transitions the Vedic ritual into the philosophy of the Upanishads.

The text is preceded by an extensive introduction in English dealing with Vedic ritualism and followed by a German translation as well as detailed variant readings and a verse index.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 330 pages, 38 colour plates, 39 halftones & 2 line drawings
  • Publisher: The Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
  • ISBN: 9780674018068



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