Atharva Veda is the last of the Vedas. It has not always been accepted as a Veda, which
are often spoken of as three. It still contains many hymns from the Rig Veda but
also has some more popular magic spells which are outside of the strictly ritual-knowledge
orientation of the other Vedas.
Like the Rig Veda it is a collection of hymns but of a more diverse character, some very
exalted like the Rig Veda others of more common nature. As such it gives us a better idea
of the life of common people in Vedic times.
Atharvan is also an important figure in the Zoroastrian religion. Atar is the Persian name
for fire and the Atharvan is the fire priest. The deities of the Atharva Veda are also the
same as the Rig Veda although Rudra-Shiva assumes a more visible role. The language is a
little simpler and less variable in its forms
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