December 29th, 2005
|03:11 pm - Silly Vedics . . . paps are for kids!|
So I'm reading through the Vedas, and I come across this nifty Sacrifice of Five Oblations that I'd like to work up into a ritual. The problem is, I don't have quite enough background to fully understand it. The main problem (and it's a big one) is understanding what exactly the oblations are:
the milk mess
What kind of grain? What sort of mush? Wtf is pap? What kind of cake? Milk is usually messy, but what's special about this?
I think I can figure out the rest of it, but these five oblations are obviously vital. . . but no instruction is given in context to make 'em.
So, it looks like I'm off to the beginning of the Vedas to read straight through. . . yippee-kai-yai-ay, and all that.
He who knows the sacrifice with the five oblations propsers with the sacrifice of five oblations.
Yeah, I could live with prospering.
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "Up On the Housetop", -JB
I'm not sure where in the Vedas you are, but the most common grains in India are rice, millet, and oats. Mush is a ground grain that's been cooked in water until it's thick. Pap is a whole grain cooked in milk or water to extreme tenderness that is more liquid than mush. The "milk mess" is curds. I haven't a clue about the cake, unless they mean a grain baked or pressed into a cake form, like what we'd call a cracker or rice cake.
About halfway through the RVB's (linked in the original post). I suppose I could look at where the Vedas were written, see what the common grains were back then, but I have a sneaky suspicion that the difficulty will be in picking which one of them is the right one. . . And this is where getting the right one is rather important.
*sighs* It's gonna be long nights over the Vedas for me, I'm afraid.