What are The Brahmanas and the Aranyakas?

The Brahmanas and the Aranyakas
There are two Brahmanas to the Rig-Veda—the Aitareya and the Sankhayana. “The
Rig-Veda,” says Max Muller, “is the most ancient book of the world. The sacred hymns of the
Brahmanas stand unparalleled in the literature of the whole world; and their preservation might well
be called miraculous.” (HISTORY OF ANCIENT SANSKRIT LITERATURE)
The Satapatha Brahmana belongs to the Sukla Yajur-Veda. The Krishna-Yajur-Veda has
the Taittiriya and the Maitrayana Brahmanas. The Tandya or Panchavimsa, the Shadvimsa, the
Chhandogya, the Adbhuta, the Arsheya and the Upanishad Brahmanas belong to the Sama-Veda.
The Brahmana of the Atharva-Veda is called the Gopatha. Each of the Brahmanas has got an
Aranyaka.

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