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Title: Heat & Sacrifice in the Vedas
Author: Vesci, Uma Marina
Item Code: ISBN9788120808416
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Pub, Delhi
Edition: 2nd ed., Date: 1992, 335 pp., HB
Description: In all religions of the world which maintain sacrificial rituals and in which the portion offered to Gods is given to fire, that portion is normally offered raw except in Vedic India, where its previous cooking is necessary. The author, through an exhaustive examination of Vedic, Brahmanic and Srauta Sutric texts, traces the beginning and the development of the idea of cooking as transforming energy, from early Vedic hymns to the classical and full sacrifices of the later Brahmanic times. In Vedic India, pre-cooking of sacrificial food is customary prior to its offering to god. Explanations of this necessary ritual and other rituals of sacrifice form the subject matter of this book.