[INDOLOGY] Whitney and doubling of "ch"

alakendu das mailmealakendudas at rediffmail.com
Thu Oct 19 16:13:04 UTC 2023

Mr. Spier,
What we have learnt from Indological studies, Vedas were never written. We call it "Apaurasheya"... i. e. not written.The Vedic Mantras came as revealations to the seers( we call them 'Drashta" i. e. one who sees) while in Meditation.The hymns or mantras were then recited orally and passed on across generations of disciples. who memorised them.Finally, sage Vyasa arranged a compilation and  divided them among his 4 disciples namely, Poilo, Boishampayan, Jaimini and Sumanta.Thus we got the 4 Vedas
In the 19th Century, Max Mueller edited theVedas.
Alakendu  Das. 

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To: "Hock, Hans Henrich" <hhhock at illinois.edu>
Cc: McComas Taylor via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>
Subject: Re: [INDOLOGY] Whitney and doubling of "ch"

Hans Heinrich Hock wrote:
Whatever the motivation may be for the spelling with a single <ch> in the Rig Veda (and let’s keep in mind that the “real” Rig Veda is oral),1) Can someone point me to some article on when and why the Rg-veda was first written down . what script etc.  Was it a British initiative or was the whole or parts written down before the colonial period?  I've seen in a modern Taittiriya Vedashala the students practicing some of their mantras using  written material.  Did the medieval and later Vedashalas also use written materials to teach their students?
2) Is it possible that this  "Rg-veda written spelling gachati etc." is just a reflection of what was written when the Rg-veda was first written down?
Thanks,Harry Spier


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