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{{ToBeEdited}}The '''Atharvaveda''' (Samskrit: अथर्ववेदः)
==व्युत्पत्तिः नामाभिधानं च ॥ Etymology and nomenclature==
==शाखाः ॥ Recensions==
The Caraṇavyuha, a later era Sanskrit text, states that the Atharvaveda had nine [[shakha]]s, or schools: paippalāda, stauda, mauda, śaunakīya, jājala ,jalada ,brahmavada, devadarśa and cāraṇavaidyā.<ref name="brmodak15">BR Modak (1993), The Ancillary Literature of the Atharva-Veda, Rashtriya Veda Vidya Pratishthan, ISBN 9788121506076, pages 15 (footnote 8), 393-394</ref>
The ''Srautasutra'' texts Vaitāna Sūtra and the Kauśika Sūtra are attached to the Atharvaveda Shaunaka edition, as are a supplement of Atharvan ''Prayascitthas'', two ''Pratishakhyas'', and a collection of ''Parisisthas''.<ref>SS Bahulkar (2003), Samskararatnamala: An Atharvanic Prayoga, in ''Pramodasindhu'' (Editors: Kalyan Kale et al, Professor Pramod Ganesh Lalye’s 75th Birthday Felicitation Volume), Mansanman Prakashan, pages 28–35</ref>
The contents of the Atharvaveda contrasts with the other Vedas.
====Surgical and medical speculations====
Atharvaveda 4.15
====Charms against fever, jaundice and diseases====
Atharvaveda 5.21
====Remedy from medicinal herbs====
Atharvaveda 8.7
====Spells and prayers to gain a lover, husband====
The contents of Atharvaveda have been studied to glean information about the social and cultural mores in Vedic era of India.<ref>Rajbali Pandey (1969), Hindu Saṁskāras: Socio-religious Study of the Hindu Sacraments, Motilal Banarsidass, ISBN 978-8120803961, pages 162-163, Chapter 8</ref>

Atharvaveda 2.36
====Speculations on the nature of man, life, good and evil====
Atharvaveda 10.2.4 - 10.2.14
====Prayer for peace====
Some hymns are prayer qua prayer, desiring harmony and peace. For example,

Atharvaveda 7.52
====Mundaka Upanishad====
====Mandukya Upanishad====
====Prashna Upanishad====
==Manuscripts and translations==
===Medicine and health care===
Khare and Katiyar state that the Bharat's tradition directly links Ayurveda to Atharvaveda.<ref>CP Khare and CK Katiyar (2012), The Modern Ayurveda, CRC Press, ISBN 978-1439896327, page 8</ref>
The verse 11.7.24 of Atharvaveda contains the oldest known mention of the Indic literary genre the [[Purana]]s.
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