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Skin was much more valuable back then. The Han dynasty of China used deerskin as currency for example https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/309692911846407226/. It's also useful for clothing and coverings.


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I would like to add to Ram’s answer, a reference from Doha 204 of Balakanda of Sri Ramcharitamanas: भए कुमार जबहिं सब भ्राता। दीन्ह जनेऊ गुरु पितु माता॥ गुरगृहँ गए पढ़न रघुराई। अलप काल बिद्या सब आई॥२॥ जाकी सहज स्वास श्रुति चारी। सो हरि पढ़ यह कौतुक भारी॥ बिद्या बिनय निपुन गुन सीला। खेलहिं खेल सकल नृपलीला॥३॥ (बालकाण्ड दोहा २०४, चौपाई २,३) When all the ...


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Probably Vashishta and other court-appointed acharyas. From Valmiki Ramayan गजस्कन्धेऽश्वपृष्ठे च रथचर्यासु सम्मतः धनुर्वेदे च निरतः पितृशुश्रूषणे रतः Rama is admittedly a champion of riding elephants and horses, also in tactical charioting, and he rejoices in the art of archery, and absorbed in the obedient service of his father. The keyword is '...


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I will try answering although I lack refrences. Pronunciation of a mantra is the most important. Consider the lines itself from Ganpati Atharveshrisha- "गणादिं पूर्वमुच्चार्य वर्णादिं तदनंतरं।। अनुस्वार: परतर:।। अर्धेन्दुलसितं।। तारेण ऋद्धं।। एतत्तव मनुस्वरूपं।। गकार: पूर्व रूपं अकारो मध्यरूपं। अनुस्वारश्चान्त्य रूपं।। बिन्दुरूत्तर रूपं।। नाद: संधानं।। ...


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