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The Shatapatha Brahmana is a prose text describing Vedic rituals, history and mythology associated with the Śukla Yajurveda.

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What happened to Vishnu's incarnation Narayana after his Pancharatra Yagna?

As I discuss in this answer, one of the most prominent incarnations of Vishnu in ancient times was the sage Narayana, twin brother of the sage Nara and son of Yama god of death. Nara and Narayana ...
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Who was the wife of Manu who was sacrificed by the priests of the Asuras?

I came across an interesting story while reading the Shatapatha brahmana regarding Manu's encounters with the priests of Asuras about whose identity I had asked a separate question. These two had ...
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Who were the two priests of Asuras (not Shukracharya)?

I came across an interesting story while reading the Shatapatha brahmana regarding Manu's encounters with the priests of Asuras: Manu was in possession of a bull. Into him had entered an Asura-...
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What were the Vedic stories recited during the Ashwamedha Yagna?

Many Vedic Yagnas (fire-rituals) would last for months or even years, so it was customary to take breaks at regular intervals, and during those breaks a story would often be recited. In fact, it was ...
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Does the Satapatha Brahmana actually discuss Shiva and the Daksha Yajna?

There is an incident described in the Śatapatha Brahmana 1.7.4, where the devatas get angry with a certain behaviour of Prajāpati, and consequently Lord Shiva punishes him. The more one reads this ...
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Is there a relation between Gadhi, the Kaushik incarnation of Indra and Ahalya?

Indra, in the Subramanaya invocation is referred to as both Kaushik, one who calls him Gautama as well as the lover of Ahalya (Shatpatha Brahman relevant chapter). While the part about Gautam and ...
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Who is the figure Aktakshya, quoted in the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda?

The Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda, in a passage that simultaneously discusses the creation of the world and the way to properly conduct a yagna (fire-ritual), quotes two individuals concerning ...
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Who are these deities mentioned in the Shatapatha Brahmana?

Shatapatha Brahmana 2.3.2 while talking about the Agnihotra fire-sacrifice mentions the following verses: Verily, in him that exists, these deities reside, to wit, Indra, king Yama, Nada the ...
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Why were the Saptarishis prevented from having relations with their wives?

Shatpatha Brahmana 2.1.2 gives the details about setting up sacrificial fires under the Krittikas (Pleiades constellation) and mentions something interesting: He may set up the two fires under the ...
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Who is the Rishi Hiranyastupa of the family of Angiras?

Shatapatha Brahmana 1.6.4 mentions that Indra after hurling the thunderbolt at Vritra, hid himself and certain divinities were deputed to find him: Agni of the deities, Hiranyastûpa of the ...
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Where is the Vedic verse that says Indra has never fought for a single day?

This chapter of the Shatapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda describes how Brahma created the Devas and Asuras from his breath. After he created both, he realized that the Asuras were evil, so he ...
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What was/is the origin, direction of flow and countries watered by the Drishadvati River as per scriptures?

As per one site it is said that the Drishadvati river originates from the pot of Brahma (maybe at Pushkara). Apparently this reference has been taken from the Satapatha Brahmana. Question Would like ...
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Were there only three Varnas in Vedic Age?

Satapatha Brahmana II. 1.4.11 “(Uttering), ‘bhuh’, Prajapati generated this earth. (Uttering)‘bhuvah’ he generated the air, and (Uttering) ‘svah’ he generated the sky.This universe is co-extensive ...
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If two kings perform a sacrifice which yields victory, and fight each other, who wins?

The Vedas have sacrifices which, when performed, yield guaranteed victory in the next battle fought. If two kings perform that sacrifice and fight each other, who wins?
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What is the difference between these four types of Brahmanas?

I got the following four categories of Brahmanas from Which of the Brahmana says, "wife is half her husband?" [A] Shatapatha Brahmana [B] Aitareya Brahmana [C] Gopatha Brahmana [D] ...
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If yajna doesn't include killing, why do brahman granths promote animal killing?

As per Nirukta 1/8, Yajna is adhvar means "non-killing" i.e, no animal slaughter is allowed in yajna right? If so, why does shatpath brahman includes slaughtering of bulls and other animals? ...
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Is this verse really there in Shatapatha Brahmana? Please show me the reference

This verse "Tasya prajapatirardhameva martyamasidardhamrutam" is usually supposed to be part of the Shatapatha Brahmana, and according to certain users, meant that the Purusha would be half ...
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Does Shatapatha BrAhmaNa explicitly mention about leelas of Lord Vishnu?

One of the users have posted about a story from shatapatha brAhmaNa about cutting head of the god. From this answer of @KeshavSrinivasan, The connection between Vishnu and the Sun is described in ...
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Why was Agni inside the mouth of the first king of Videha?

This chapter of the Satapatha Brahmana of the Yajur Veda describes how the ancient king Videha Madhava founded the kingdom of Videha, the kingdom that Sita's father Janaka later ruled. Once Videha ...
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Do stories, such as Prajapati having intercourse with his daughter or creating cattle out of his sperm, have any scriptural basis?

The stories mentioned in the question are from the reference below. Do these stories have any scriptural basis, and if so, I would like to understand the ethical concerns/dilemmas regarding these ...
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Do rupa of God mentioned in satapatha brahmana?

Do satapatha brahmana tells god as rupa The satapatha brahmana tells Rama and Krishna is avatar of lord
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Is the daughter of Brahma in shatpatha brahmana Sandhya the nymph or saraswati?

The story of Brahma lusting after his daughter due to arrow struck by kama deva is present in shatpatha brahmana, my question is, is the daughter called Sandhya or saraswati, because there is ...
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Satapatha Brahmana 10:4:2:23

Wikipedia mentions that Rik-Veda has 432 000 syllables and refers to Satapatha Brahmana as the source of this information. Satapatha Brahmana 10:4:2:23 states the following: "He arranged the Rik-...
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How is killing of black deer for skin and other products justified

Shatpath Bramhana says that brahmin boys should cover their bodies with skin of Black Deer or Krishna Mriga (Black Buck), and this is okay if they don't just kill them for that purpose. A dead buck's ...
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What's the tAtparya of न वै योषा कंचन हिनस्ति in Shatapatha Brahmana?

न वै योषा कंचन हिनस्ति appears in SB 6.3.1.39 The weapon/spade is personified as a female and these lines are spoken to it. What's the tAtparya behind such a reference?
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Is Shiva not freed of sin?

I found a verse in shatpath brahman:- “Pragâpati said to him [Rudra], 'My boy, why do you cry, when you are born out of labor and trouble?' He said, 'Nay, but I am not freed from sin; I have no name ...
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In aiterya brahmana, it is stated that animals like cow, camel, goat, horse, etc are not to be sacrificed, but other scriptures validate animal sac

Many commentators of different sampradayas conclude that Vedic sacrifice is just. But this encounter with aiterya brahmana and jaiminiya brahmana maybe says something otherwise? Well I would like to ...
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Does Shatpath Bramhana mention Rama?

I was trying to trace the earliest reference of Rama and I came to Dasrath Jataka, Mahabharata. But someone mentioned its also there in Shatpath Bramhana. Is it ?
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Whose sin is Prajapati's son referring to when he says "I am अनपहतपाप्मन् = anapahatapApman" in Shatapatha Brahmana?

https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/satapatha-brahmana-english/d/doc63292.html Kanda VI, adhyaya 1, brahmana 3 The "boy" is the incestuous offspring of Prajapati and his daughter Ushas ...
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