What did the rakshasa use to study? Did they also have some kind of their own Veda? What did Ravana use to study?

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    Vedas. The guru of Asuras is Shukracharya.
    – ram
    Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 4:49
  • 'Anu' tribe were Asuras. They used to read Vedas. Later after leaving India. They wrote Avesta.
    – Kumar
    Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 4:05

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I don't have enough reputation to comment but Ravana, in particular, was well-versed in the six shastras and the four Vedas. He is even known to be an excellent veena player. Therefore, we know that he was also trained in the arts.


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  • Welcome to HSE! Please support your answer with reference to reputed sources. Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 5:32
  • @Carmensandiego Thank you. I just added academic references. Commented Oct 27, 2020 at 16:12

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