Veda(s)

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The four Vedas are the earliest surviving texts of the Indic religious tradition, and are greatly revered (though little read) by millions of Hindus up to the present. The Imperial Gazetteer notes their unique importance as religious texts; in addition, the Imperial Gazetteer provides a more detailed account of their contents. Some early translations are now available online; these are early enough so that Dr. Ambedkar could have consulted them if he had wished.

Professor Rachel McDermott discusses the role of the Rig Veda in constructing the caste system.