[INDOLOGY] Vedic recitation technical term

James Hartzell james.hartzell at gmail.com
Fri Jan 31 14:09:43 UTC 2014

Thanks Madhav and Joerg for the terminology and reference;  we'll use
brahmaghoṣa for the moment, pending the possibility of finding a more
precise term.

On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM, Madhav Deshpande <mmdesh at umich.edu> wrote:

> 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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James Hartzell, PhD
Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC)
The University of Trento, Italy

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