Vedic Cosmology and Ethics

Selected Studies


How did ‘Vedic man’ think about the destiny of man after death and related ethical issues? That heaven was the abode of the gods was undisputed, but was it also accessible to man in his pursuit of immortality? Was there a realm of the deceased or a hell? What terms were used to indicate these ‘yonder worlds’? What is their location in the cosmos and which cosmographic classifications are at the root of these concepts? The articles by Henk Bodewitz collected in this volume, published over a period of 45 years, between 1969 and 2013, deal with these issues on the basis of a systematic philological study of early Vedic texts, from the Ṛgveda to various Brāhmaṇas, Āraṇykas and Upaniṣads.
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Henk Bodewitz was professor of Sanskrit at Utrecht University from 1976 to 1992 and at Leiden University from 1992 to 2002. His books and research articles deal mainly with Vedic Brāhmaṇas, Vedic ritual and world view, and the Bhagavad Gītā.
Students and specialists in Vedic studies, Religious studies, South Asian studies, Indo-European languages and History of Religions.