Dear Madhav,

just an addition to your remark: the term brahmaghoṣa (brahmaghoṣādimaṅgalair) is given in the śivaliṅgapratiṣṭhāvidhiḥ of the Somaśambhupaddhati (Vo. 4, p.145, vers 188, Edition Brunner). The recitation of the four Vedas is described in verses 153-157 (p. 126), Brunner remarks that there is no difference made between the simultanous recitation of the Veda and vocal or instrumental music, all being part of maṅgalaśabda.


Joerg Gengnagel

Am 31.01.2014 12:59, schrieb Madhav Deshpande:
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 <> 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.

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

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