kṣetriya क्षेत्रिय

Definition: Is a disease which is mentioned several times in the Atharvaveda, and against which three hymns are specially directed. It is also mentioned in the Kāthaka Samhitā and the Taittirīya Brāhmana. The commentators on the Athar­vaveda agree in taking it to be a hereditary disease. The word may mean ‘organic,’ or possibly ‘ produced in the field,’ as a theory of its origin. What disease is really intended is quite uncertain. Weber considered that the aim of the Atharvan hymns was to drive away injury threatening the fields, but this is improbable. Bloomfield suggests ‘ scrofula ’ or ‘ syphilis.’ The remedies mentioned throw no light on the symptoms.

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