The very first verse of the Rig Veda speaks of exchange (1.1). Agni, the fire-god, is invited to the yagna. He is offered praise and food, in the hope that he will reciprocate – grant prosperity and health. In other words, Veda speaks of trade, not raid. Giving in order to receive. Exchange, and transaction. The last verse of the Rig Veda (10.191) invites chieftains to let go of their rivalry and work together for the good of all.
When asked what Vedic society was like, historians tend to describe it as a pastoral society led by heroic chieftains riding horse-drawn chariots who often fought wars over cows, and who called upon warrior gods such as Indra for success. What goes unnoticed is the constant theme of collaboration.
The very first verse of the Rig Veda speaks of exchange (1.1). Agni, the fire-god, is invited to the yagna. He is offered praise and food, in the
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