ATHARVA VEDA, the fourth book of the Vedas, the ancient
scriptures of the Brahman religion. Like the other Vedas it is
divided into Samhita, Brahmanas and Upanishads, representing
the spiritual element and its magical and nationalistic development.
The mantras or sayings composing the Samhita of the
Atharva Veda differ from those of the other Vedas by being in
the form of spells rather than prayers or hymns, and seem to
indicate a stage of religion lower than that of the Rig Veda.
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