Thus we see a continuity from the ancient Rig Vedic
references to the Dasyus to Ahuja's recent Hanuman-homage to the tribals.
No less than 20 women were among the composers of the Rig Vedic
hymns (Desai: 1957).
The conquest of all space for the benefit of mankind encapsulates Vishnu's great achievement as Trivikrama and brings to fruition the seed planted in the Rig Vedic
hymn of praise.
Eka evagnir bahudha samiddha Ekah suryo visvam anu prabhutah Ekaivosah sarvam idam vibhaty Ekam vaidam vi bahuva sarvam (One fire burns in many ways; one sun illumines the world; one dawn dispels the darkness of night; All that exists is One and It has taken all these various forms.) These Rig Vedic
assumptions remain as the core of the Vedic cosmology, which exerted significant influence in the formation of theories in religion, science, ethics and philosophy.
The role of the Agnicayana ritual, described in the Brahamanas, was to refertilize the womb of the Creator, Prajapati (likened to the Rig Vedic
cosmic male), and to reinsert inside of him new forms needed to render Prajapati pregnant once again.
While this does not imply that a full-fledged caste system had come into being in Rig Vedic
times, the four-fold division of society into varnas did exist, which became a fairly rigid caste system by the time of the Manusmriti .
This contribution examines the Rig Vedic terms in -pitva- (abhipitva-, apapitva-, apitva-, prapitva-, and sapitva-) by considering both their distribution among the poetic families and the juxtapositions in which the terms are employed by the bards of each book.
Since the final hymns of the first mandala represent a late layer of Rig Vedic language, it would not be surprising if the sense of prapitva- had become extended or otherwise changed from the meaning seen in earlier sections of the Rig Veda.
Questionable interpretations of all these varieties are found literally in every verse; the author sometimes seems to take even the most apparently straightforward pieces of Rig Vedic
diction as a challenge to his powers of reanalysis.