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Rigved Verse 1.133 mentions this curious story:

  1. WITH sacrifice I purge both earth and heaven: I burn up great she-fiends who serve not Indra, Where throttled by thy hand the foes were slaughtered, and in the pit of death lay pierced and mangled.

  2. O thou who castest forth the stones crushing the sorceresses’ heads, Break them with thy wide-spreading foot, with thy wide-spreading mighty foot.

  3. Do thou, O Maghavan, beat off these sorceresses' daring strength. Cast them within the narrow pit. within the deep and narrow pit.

My question is who were these she-fiends or sorceresses? Is this event mentioned in any other scripture in detail?

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    How's mythology a relevant tag here ? – Rickross Aug 22 '17 at 6:01
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    Why? How is it irrelevant? – Dr. Vineet Aggarwal Aug 22 '17 at 7:48
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    Well I don't agree with this unreasonable hatred for the word 'mythology'. Every single thing mentioned in the scriptures can not be classified as history or real. Vedas especially are full of poetic license and vivid imagery. It is perfectly plausible that the event mentioned in this verse is an allegory or metaphor and hence a myth so it should be classified as mythology. Unless we have an answer it is pointless to argue whether the word fits or not. – Dr. Vineet Aggarwal Aug 23 '17 at 5:47
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    Oh Ok you seem to be among those who think that our Scriptures (including even the Vedas) are describing myths. – Rickross Aug 23 '17 at 6:10
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    Lol I don't have to justify what I believe or not to anybody. Any rational person would realize that the scriptures include a mix of history and fiction both. Over and out. – Dr. Vineet Aggarwal Aug 23 '17 at 6:37

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