Atharva-Veda Samhita/Book II

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Book II.

The second book is made up mostly of hymns of 5 verses each. It contains 22 such hymns, but also five hymns (namely, 3, 4, 14, 15, and 32) of 6 verses each, five hymns (namely, 5, 17, 27, 29, and 33) of 7 verses each, and four hymns (namely, 10, 12, 24, and 36) of 8 verses each. Compare page 1. The possibilities of critical reduction to the norm are well illustrated by hymns 10, 12, 14, 27; see, for example, the critical notes to ii. 10. 2.

The whole book has been translated by Weber in the Monatsberichte der Kön. Akad. der Wiss. zu Berlin, June, 1870, pages 462-524. This translation was reprinted, with only slight changes, in Indische Studien, vol. xiii. (1873), pages 129-216. The following references to Weber have to do with the reprint.⌋

Hymn-
number
Page
II. Book the second
1 Mystic 37
2 To Gandharvas and Apsarases 39
3 For relief from flux: with a certain remedy 40
4 Against various evils : with a jan̄giḍá amulet 42
5 Praise and prayer to Indra 43
6 Praise and prayer to Agni 45
7 Against curses and cursers: with a plant 47
8 Against the disease kṣetriyá: with a plant 48
9 Against possession by demons: with an amulet 50
10 For release from evils, and for welfare 51
11 To counteract witchcraft : with an amulet 53
12 ⌊Against such as would thwart my incantations⌋ 53
13 For welfare and long life of an infant 56
14 Against sadā́nvās 57
15 Against fear 59
16 For protection 60
17 For various gifts 61
18 For release from demons and foes 61
19 Against enemies: to Agni (fire) 62
20 The same: to Vāyu (wind) 63
21 The same: to Sūrya (sun) 63
22 The same: to the moon 63
23 The same: to water 63
24 Against kimīdíns, male and female 63
25 Against kāṇvas: with a plant 64
26 For safety and increase of kine 66
27 For victory in disputation: with a plant 67
28 For long life for a certain person (child?) 68
29 For some one's long life and other blessings 70
30 To secure a woman's love 72
31 Against worms 73
32 Against worms 74
33 For expulsion of yákṣma from all parts of the body 76
34 Accompanying the sacrifice of an animal 77
35 To expiate errors in the sacrifice: to Viçvakarman 79
36 To get a husband for a woman 81