Atharva Veda

The Hymns of the Atharvaveda

Translation by Ralph T.H. Griffith



A charm against jaundice

1          As the Sun rises, let thy sore disease and yellowness depart.
            We compass and surround thee with the colour of a ruddy ox.

2          With ruddy hues we compass thee that thou mayst live a leng-thened life:
            So that this man be free from harm, and cast his yellow tint away.

3          Devatyās that are red of hue, yea, and the ruddy-coloured kine,
            Each several form, each several force—with these we compass thee about.

4          To parrots and to starlings we transfer thy sickly yellowness:
            Now in the yellow-coloured birds we lay this yellowness of thine.


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