[INDOLOGY] Vedic recitation technical term

Madhav Deshpande mmdesh at umich.edu
Fri Jan 31 11:59:35 UTC 2014

Hello James,

     I don't know if there is a technical term for this very common
practice, which offers the reciters some rest.  Often collective recitation
of the Vedas is called Vedaghoṣa or Mantraghoṣa, the term ghoṣa suggesting
a big sound.  Perhaps, this usage of ghoṣa is connected with modern
expressions like Marathi jayaghoṣa, a body of people shouting someone's
victory.  Of course, this does not specifically reflect any alternating
recitation of the Vedic mantras.

Madhav Deshpande

On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 5:19 AM, James Hartzell <james.hartzell at gmail.com>wrote:

> Dear Colleagues
> MIght someone be able to help out with the following?
> In current Vedic recitation practice in India, one method used in either
> pair or group recitation is for each member of the pair/each half of the
> group to recite one line of the text, with the second member of the
> pair/second half of the group reciting the next line, and continuing in
> this alternating manner.
> I'm trying to recall the technical term for this type of recitation
> practice.
> Naturally any references to it in the published literature would also be
> welcome.
> Cheers
> James Hartzell, PhD
> Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC)
> The University of Trento, Italy
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Madhav M. Deshpande
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Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
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The University of Michigan
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