[INDOLOGY] Age of gayatri mantra in śrīsūktam

Dominik Haas dominik at haas.asia
Tue Oct 19 08:51:27 UTC 2021

Dear Harry,

no, the fact that this mantra is part of the post-Vedic Śrīsūkta does 
not indicate that it's older than the others.

The late age of these mantras in general has been noted by several 
scholars, from Leopold von Schroeder in 1900 to Peter C. Bisschop in 
2018. It is impossible to infer the date of their composition on the 
basis of their Vedic “source” texts. In a paper I gave at the DICSEP 
last year, I argued that the modified or adapted Gāyatrīs probably did 
not come into being before the 2nd century CE at the very earliest. You 
can find an early draft of my talk and further references here:


Best regards,


*Dominik A. Haas, BA MA*
DOC Fellow, Austrian Academy of Sciences | PhD Student, University of 
dominik at haas.asia <mailto:dominik at haas.asia> | ORCID 0000-0002-8505-6112 
<https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8505-6112> | academia.edu/DominikAHaas 
| @dominik_a_haas 
ÖGRW <https://www.univie.ac.at/oegrw/> | DMG 
<https://dmg-web.de/page/home_en> | SDN 

Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia, Austrian 
Academy of Sciences
Hollandstraße 11–13, 1020 Vienna, Austria
oeaw.ac.at/ikga <https://oeaw.ac.at/ikga>

The Initiative for Fair Open Access Publishing in South Asian Studies
foasas.org <https://foasas.org> | contact at foasas.org 
<mailto:contact at foasas.org> | tweet #FOASAS 

Am 19.10.2021 um 01:58 schrieb Harry Spier via INDOLOGY:
> Dear list members,
> Verse 26 (Sheftelowitz's edition) of the śrīsūktam (in the rg-veda 
> khilas)  is the gayatri mantra
>  mahālakṣmī ca vidmahe viṣṇupatnī ca dhīmahi |
> tan no lakṣmīḥ pracodayāt |
> Would that make it older than the gayatri mantras at 
> Maitrāyaṇī-Saṃhitā 2-9-1.  Does that make it the oldest gayatri mantra 
> in the form
> ... vidmahe
> ... dImahi
> ...pracodayAt |
> Thanks,
> Harry Spier
> _______________________________________________
> INDOLOGY mailing list
> INDOLOGY at list.indology.info
> https://list.indology.info/mailman/listinfo/indology
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <https://list.indology.info/pipermail/indology/attachments/20211019/d71f985d/attachment.htm>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: oawlogo.png
Type: image/png
Size: 2449 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <https://list.indology.info/pipermail/indology/attachments/20211019/d71f985d/attachment.png>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: foasaslogosmall.png
Type: image/png
Size: 57488 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <https://list.indology.info/pipermail/indology/attachments/20211019/d71f985d/attachment-0001.png>

More information about the INDOLOGY mailing list