Atharva Veda: Book 1 – Hymn 22


A charm against jaundice

1 As the Sun rises, let thy sore disease and yellowness depart. p. a21
We compass and surround thee with the colour of a ruddy ox.

2 With ruddy hues we compass thee that thou mayst live a leng-
thened life:
So that this man be free from harm, and cast his yellow tint

3 Devatyās that are red of hue, yea, and the ruddy-coloured
Each several form, each several force—with these we compass
thee about.

4 To parrots and to starlings we transfer thy sickly yellowness:
Now in the yellow-coloured birds we lay this yellowness of