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The Atharvaveda is a Hindu sacred text. It was the last of the Vedas to be composed. The Atharvaveda is a collection of magical formulae, some of which were apparently used in shamanistic rituals. There are verses to cure diseases, avert the wrath of demons, love-spells, spells obtain victory in battle and so on. There are also a range of hymns to various vedic-age deities and their manifestations, including mother earth, fire, prana (breath).

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