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05 Jan

Dress code

Dress code
Two pieces of cloth were normally worn- the upper garment was called uttariya and the lower one was known as antariya The dress for the male and the female did not differ much
Health and hygiene
Everyone aspired for and everyone was blessed to live for a hundred years Epilepsy was common and it affected the children as well Superstitions and magical charms were employed to cure the diseases Miraculous cures are ascribed to the twin-gods, the Ashvins, who are the great healers of diseases and experts in the surgical art They were divine physicians who restored eyesight and cured the blind, sick and maimed
Rig Vedic Economy
Rig Vedic economy was primarily pastoral They domesticated Pashu (which included cattle, horse and even human beings), as opposed to Mriga, ie wild animals Cattle was synonymous with wealth and a wealthy person was called Gomat
Cattle was so important that the terms of battle were derived from Gau itself, such as Gavisti, Gosu, Gavyat, Gavyu Godhuli was a measure of time Gopa and Gopati were epithets given to the king Duhitri was the term used for daughter because she used to milk the cow One of the four categories of gods was known as Gojata, ie cowborn
When the Vedic people encountered buffalo, they called it Gauri and Gavala or cow-haired
The cattle obtained in raids were divided among the families Cattle formed an important item of donation and it may also have formed a part of bali, the tribute given to the raja by the clan or Vis members The cattle in general and cow in particular was the main medium of excftange during the Rig Vedic period
The economy was based upon agriculture The people were well acquainted with the sowing, harvesting, threshing and various agro seasons The people were pastoral, Cow was revered but the cows, and bulls were sacrificed too The gifts to the priests were in terms of number of Cows and women slaves but NOT in measurements of lands

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