What is the Rig Veda?
Who first wrote down the Rig Veda?
For hundreds of years, people passed down these poems by reciting them out loud. They added some poems and forgot some others. By about 1000 BC, the Rig Veda reached its final form, in the Sanskrit language. Then in the Guptan period, about 500 BC, people finally wrote the poems down. The Rig Veda is one of the most sacred texts of Hinduism.
This is a video of women dancing to a chant from the Rig Veda.
These gods made the whole universe out of Prajapati’s body. They made people out of Prajapati’s body too.
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The Rig Veda says that each of Prajapati’s parts turned into a different group of people, so that Indian people thought of themselves as belonging to one of four castes, or groups. This idea of caste seems to be a Vedic idea.