Men, gods and powers in the Vedic outlook

  title={Men, gods and powers in the Vedic outlook},
  author={Karel Werner},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain \& Ireland},
  pages={14 - 24}
  • K. Werner
  • Published 1 January 1982
  • History
  • Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland
In the last century the Vedic pantheon served as the best illustration of the theory that the gods of primitive and archaic religions were personifications of natural phenomena. The gods of the Vedas were seen as more recognisably such than, for example, the Greek gods, who had acquired more elaborate anthropomorphic features through Homer's poetic skill, so that their supposed natuie-substratum was hardly or not at all detectable. In India the matter seemed clear. Thus Oldenberg believed that… 



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