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THE

SÂMAVIDHÂNABRAHMANA

(BEING THE THIRD BRÂHMAŅA)

OF THE

SÂMA VEDA.

EDITED, TOGETHER WITH THE COMMENTARY OF SÂYANA, AN ENGLISH

TRANSLATION, INTRODUCTION, AND INDEX OF WORDS,

BY

A. C. BURNELL.

VOLUME I.

TEXT AND COMMENTARY, WITH INTRODUCTION.

LONDON:
TRÜBNER & Co., 57 and 59, LUDGATE HILL.

1873

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Of the history of the Sâmavidhậnabrâhmaņa there is
not much to be told. Professor Max Müller first
(in 1848) that there are eight Brâhmaņas of the Sâma-
veda," a fact which Professor Weber seemed much
inclined to doubt;2 and the question may be said to
have been only finally settled by the History of An-
cient Sanskrit Literature, since which the authenticity
of these Brâhmaṇas has always been recognized. Cole-
brooke, in his valuable account of the Vedas, written
at the end of the last century, makes no mention of
the Sâmavidhâna and other smaller Brâhmaņas of the
Sâma-veda. He had a MS., but it was copied long after
the date of his articles. Passing from the European
Sanskritists of the last century to the Brâhmans, we
find that in the latter half of the 14th century A.D.,
Sâyaņâcârya knew of eight Brâhmaņas of the Sâma-
veda, and wrote Commentaries on them. He names
them in his Commentaries on the Praudha, Shadviñça,

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1 In a letter to Professor Benfey, v. Sâmaveda, pref. p. xiv., and again, with full detail, in his preface to his edition of the Rigveda with Sâyaņa's Commentary (p. xxvii.), in which he quotes Sâyaņa’s Commentary on the Sâmavidhâna.

2 The article on the Sâmaveda in “ Indische Studien," vol. i., and “ Akademische Vorlesungen über Indische Literaturgeschichte,” p. 72. 3 Second edition, pp. 348-9.

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