Kāṭhaka Saṃhitā

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The foundational texts of the Kāṭhaka branch (school) of the Veda, and one of the four collections constituting the Black Yajur Veda. Its Brāhmaṇa and Āraṇyaka have been almost completely lost, but an Upaniṣad, the Kaṭha, survives, although its connection with the Vedic school has been attenuated. The Kāthakas, who appear to have been specialists in the construction of ritual fire-altars (agnicayana), were probably based in the northwest of India.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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