Ezourvedam

A French Veda of the Eighteenth Century

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The Ezourvedam, used by Voltaire among others, as sourcebook for the most ancient of religions, was thereupon found to have been a fraud. Actually it was composed by a Christian – the text shows him to have been a French Jesuit missionary, who did not necessarily know Sanskrit – in order to convert Hindus to Christianity. The controversy surrounding the spurious Veda continues, involving a number of scholars and missionaries particularly in the question of whether or not the Veda was composed in Sanskrit or French. In tracing the history of the Ezourvedam Ludo Rocher adds a number of points, one being that the text was definitely first written in French with a view to a later Sanskrit translation or, more likely, to one of several modern Indian vernaculars. This edition is based on the manuscripts of Voltaire and Anquetil du Perron, and, especially, on a third manuscript preserved at the Bibliotheque National in Paris, wrongly catalogued there as Yajurveda. This edition is therefor markedly different from the 1778 edition by the Baron de Sainte-Croix.
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Table of Contents
Preface
v
Introduction
1
Historical Survey of Ezourvedam Interpretation
3
Nature and Purpose of the Text
3
The Author of the Ezourvedam
28
New Contributions to Ezourvedam Interpretation
53
The French Original
53
The Author of the French Ezourvedam
57
The Title: Ezourvedam
61
An Evaluation
68
The Ezourvedam Manuscripts
74
The Pondicherry Manuscripts
74
Voltaire's and Anquetil's Manuscripts
77
A New Manuscript: BN Fonds Français 19117
85
The Edition
87
References
90
Text
105
Index of Indian Terms in the Ezourvedam
207
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BIC Subject: DSB – Literary studies: general
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