The Atharva Vedaby VyasaThe Atharvaveda is a sacred text of Hinduism and one of the four Vedas, often called the “fourth Veda”. According to tradition, the Atharvaveda was mainly composed by two groups of rishis known as the Atharvanas and the Angirasa. In the Late Vedic Gopatha Brahmana, it is attributed to the Bhrigu and Angirasa. The Atharvaveda, while undoubtedly belonging to the core Vedic corpus, in some ways represents an independent parallel tradition to that of the Rig-Veda and Yajurveda. It incorporates much of the early traditions of healing and magic that are paralleled in other Indo-European literatures.
Krishna Dvaipayana or Vedavyasa, is a revered sage portrayed in most Hindu traditions. He is traditionally regarded as the author of the Mahabharata whose protagonists are the surrogate sons of Pandu, the Kuru king whom he himself fathered ‘under Niyoga practice’ in place of an elder brother who died heirless, at the behest of his mother Satyavati, while he was the surgeon who put their hundred antogonist cousins into incubation, hence his authorship is by way of biography of his own mortal family. He is also regarded by many Hindus as the compiler of a number of significant scriptures. As a partial incarnation, Amsa Avatar (aṃśa-avatāra) of Vishnu, he is also regarded by tradition as the compiler of the mantras of the Vedas into four Vedas, as well as the author of the eighteen Puranas and the Brahma Sutras. He is one of the seven immortal Chiranjeevis, despite the mortality of his human kin, implying he is still alive in the current Kali yuga.
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