the Brahmanas and Upanishads are a few secondary texts. These are called Aranyakas
or Forest texts to be used by those who left society to reside in the forest to gain
spiritual knowledge (Vanaprasthas). The Aranyakas do not give us rules
for the performance
of sacrifices and explanations of the ceremonies, but provide us with mystic teaching of
the sacrificial religion.
It is possible that certain sacred rites were performed in the seclusion of the forests
where teachers and pupils meditated on the significance of these rites. The distinction
between Brahmana and Aranyaka is not an absolute one. The Aranyakas combine ritual
passages with philosophical texts and some of the oldest Upanishads are contained within
them or appendices to them.
An important Aranyaka is the Taittiriya.
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