Influence of Atharvavedic magical charms on superstitions, beliefs and practices of Assam
Dr. Upama Barman Deka
The Vedas are generally believed to be the oldest literary records of the indo- European race. The Veda is the treasure house of ancient Indian culture and civilization, forming the foundation of early religious beliefs of the Hindus. The Atharvaveda contains the magical charms which are capable of giving results in this world and the other world i.e. Aihika and pāratraika. Such magical charms of the Atharvaveda have very much influence in the society. However some of the magical charms, which may be harmful to society, are still practiced in some region of Assam. This paper describes some beliefs and practices, which are considered superstitious causing social problems.