The eleven articles in this volume mark a significant advance in Vedic studies. Contributions range widely across critical topics in early, middle, and late Vedic texts and their commentaries, as well as classical themes in contemporary Sanskrit literature. Essays elucidate the explanations and arguments found in Br?hmana texts, the historical and ecological development of Vedic ritual, concepts and underlying messages in Vedic texts, anachronisms in commentarial exegesis, and literary devices in narrative. From a variety of philological, philosophical, ritual, gender, and literary approaches, these articles shed new light on our understanding of these seminal texts of Indian religion and philosophy. This book is dedicated to the life and work of Professor Ganesh Umakant Thite.
Lauren M. Bausch is Assistant Professor at Dharma Realm Buddhist University, California. A specialist in Brahmana texts and early Indian Buddhism, she is currently writing a book about the Vedic philosophy of language and causality. Bausch has contributed the following articles to important books/journals: 'The Kanva Brahmanas and Buddhists in Kosala'; 'Pratistha in the Brahmanas and Aranyakas'; 'Surya Reliefs in Early Buddhist Art'; and 'Dual Varna in Vedic Texts'.