m. it contains a number of verses or stanzas nearly all of which [except about 78] occur in the ṛg-- veda- and which, modified in various ways, are chanted, mostly, by the udgātṛ- priests at soma- sacrifices
m. in iv, 124 it is described as having a special reference to the pitṛ-s or deceased ancestors, and its sound is therefore said to possess a kind of impurity, whereas the ṛg-- veda- has the gods for his objects and the yajurveda- men
‘The Veda of the Sāman chants,’ is the name of a collection of verses for chanting, often mentioned in the Brāhmaṇas. The Sāman itself is repeatedly referred to in the Rigveda, and the triad Rc, Yajus, and Sāman is common from the Atharvaveda onwards. These texts know also the Sāma-ga, the ‘Sāman-chanter,’ who occurs later.
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