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December 29th, 2005


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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:

fried grain
mush
the pap
the cake
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.
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From:ebonypearl
Date:December 29th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
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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.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 29th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
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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.

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