[INDOLOGY] Question

Asko Parpola aparpola at gmail.com
Fri Nov 25 14:03:08 UTC 2022

In the Vedic soma rite connected with sorcery called śyena ‘falcon' and described in Lāṭyāyana-Śrautasūtra 8,5, the officiating priests wear red turbans and are dressed in red clothes. This and related rites of sorcery belong to the archaic vrātya tradition of the Atharvaveda and Sāmaveda. Cf. my book “The Roots of Hinduism” (2015), chapter 12, and p. 134. 

With best wishes, Asko Parpola

> On 25. Nov 2022, at 15.19, James Hegarty via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Dear Colleagues,
> A former student has asked about me about the origins of red dresses for Hindu brides…
> I know utterly nothing about this. Does anyone either know something about this or know of an article or two that I might (a) read myself and (b) pass on to the former student in question?
> Best from a rainy Wales,
> James Hegarty
> Cardiff University
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