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8. Tree-Hugger: The Sāmavedic Rite of Audumbarī


 
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1. Title Title of document 8. Tree-Hugger: The Sāmavedic Rite of Audumbarī - Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Finnian Gerety; Harvard University, USA;
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) plants in Asian religion; Hinduism; sacred nature of flora; trees in religion; plants as food; plants as medicine; plants in ritual and myth
 
5. Subject Subject classification South Asian Religions
 
6. Description Abstract Finnian Gerety analyses the early use of the udumbara tree (Ficus racemosa
L.) and its milky, sap-filled wood as a ritual object as well as offering.
One rite centered on the udumbara that has received scant attention is the
erection of the post of udumbara (audumbaryutthāpana) as described in the
Sāmaveda. As his first act in the Soma sacrifice, the udgātar (lead singer) of
the Sāmaveda raises the audumbarī, addresses it with mantras and offerings,
wraps it with cloth and embraces it. Gerety analyses this rite of tree hugging
with special reference to Jaiminīya texts. By advancing the audumbarī rite as the inauguration of the udgātar’s office, the SV texts present an arboreal embodiment of the musical qualities they most prize: swelling,sweetness, nourishment, and vigor. When the singer hugs the trunk, he actualizes this potency in his own performance.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Jun-2016
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/30835
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.30835
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Roots of Wisdom, Branches of Devotion
 
16. Language English=en en
 
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Indian sub-continent,
contemporary
 
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd