This monograph examines a number of motifs central to the expression of the ideal of sovereignty as it is articulated in Vedic liturgical poetry. It argues that, because the qualities and privileges of a sovereign leader were coveted even by those for whom there was no possibility of attaining royal station, the language proper to the domain of kingship was gradually generalized and used to express aspirations towards a freedom and self-determination that became progressively more mystical in nature. Thus, the study is not primarily concerned with the political history of the Vedic period or the constitutional organization of a Vedic polity. Rather, it focuses on the poetic form of Vedic political discourse within its liturgical context, and upon the ways it was adapted to express new ideas. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Vedic Ideals of Sovereignty and AOS90
Publisher: American Oriental Society
Book Condition: New
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