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The Aryan tribes mentioned in the Rigveda are described as semi-nomadic pastoralists, subdivided into villages (vish) and headed by a tribal chief (raja) and administered by a priestly caste. They formed a warrior society, engaging in endemic warfare and cattle raids among themselves and against the darker-skinned[1] Dasa. Aryan ()is an English language word derived from the Indian Vedas and Iranian Avestan terms ari-, arya-, ārya-, and/or the extended form aryāna-. The Sanskrit and Old Persian languages both pronounced the word as arya- () and aryan. ... The Rigveda (Sanskrit: , a tatpurusha compound of praise, verse and knowledge) is a collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns counted among the four Hindu religious texts known as the Vedas. ... Communities of nomadic people move from place to place, rather than settling down in one location. ... The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view. ... A Raja (sometimes spelled Rajah) is a king, or princely ruler from the Kshatriya lineages. ... The Vedic priesthood is the collective term for the priests of the Vedic religion(similar to witch doctors of tribal africa). ... A warrior is a person habitually engaged in war and/or skilled in the waging of war. ... Endemic warfare is the state of continual, low-threshold warfare in a tribal warrior society. ... Cattle rustling or cattle raiding is the act of stealing livestock. ... Luftwaffe Tornado ECR Deutsche Aerospace AG Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG Founded May 19, 1989 as Deutsche Aerospace AG, bundling space and aeronautic elements of Daimler-Benz (including Dornier Luftfahrt), Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm (MBB), MTU München, and Telefunken Systemtechnik (TST) In 1992, the helicopter division was...

The size of a typical tribe was probably of the order of a few thousand people. The account of the dasharajna battle in Mandala 7 mentions 6,666 casualties in a devastating defeat of a confederation of ten tribes, suggesting that a single tribe could muster at maybe some 700-2,000 warriors on average, which would indicate an average size of maybe 3,000-6,000 of a whole tribe. While the number of 6,666 cannot of course be taken literally, and is as likely as not a gross exaggeration, this order of magnitude is consistent with the typical size of tribes of Eurasian nomads. The seventh Mandala of the Rig Veda has 104 hymns, to Agni, Indra, the Visvadevas, the Maruts, Mitra-Varuna, the Asvins, Ushas, Indra-Varuna, Varuna, Vayu (the wind), two each to Sarasvati and Vishnu, and to others. ... Eurasian nomads are a large group of peoples of the steppes of Central Asia, Mongolia and Eastern Europe. ...

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In Hinduism, the Bhrigus, also known as Bhargavas, are a clan of sages descending form the ancient fire-priest Bhrigu. ... Matsya or Machcha (Sanskrit for fish) was the name of a tribe and the state of the Vedic civilization of India. ... The Purus are a people of Ancient India. ...


  1. ^ described in e.g. RV 9.41.1 as tvac krshna "black skin" or 9.73.5 tvac ashikni "swarthy skin"

The ninth Mandala of the Rigveda, also called the Soma Mandala has 114 hymns, entirely[1] devoted to , Purifying Soma, the sacred potion of the Vedic religion. ...

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