The Aitareya Brāhmaṇa is one of the two brāhmaṇas of the Rgvedasaṃhitā, the other one being the Kauṣītaki or Śāṅkhāyana Brāhmaṇa. It deals mainly with the soma sacrifice.
The Aitareya Brāhmaṇa is one of the two brāhmaṇas of the Rgvedasaṃhitā, the other one being the Kauṣītaki or Śāṅkhāyana Brāhmaṇa in 30 chapters. The Aitareya Brāhmaṇa is the more important of the two and comprehends 40 chapters called “lessons” (adhyāya); it is divided in 8 books called “pentads” (pañcikā), due to the fact that each of them contains 5 sections (see ; edition and translation ; edition ; translation ; for a discussion about Haug’s edition, see ; further edition ). Ascribed by the commentator Sāyaṇa to a single redactor named Mahīdāsa Aitareya, according to the current opinion, it is a composite work; in particular the last ten adhyāyas (pañcikās7 and 8), dealing with animal sacrifice, expiatory rites, and royal consecration rite, are probably a later...
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