Atharva Veda: Book 1 – Hymn 7

Atharva Veda: Book 1 – Hymn 7

To Indra and Agni, for the detection and destruction of evil spirits

1 Bring the Kimidin hither, bring the Yātudhāna self-declared
For Agni, God, thou, lauded, hast become the Dasyu’s

2 O Jātavedas, Lord Supreme, controller of our bodies, taste
The butter, Agni, taste the oil: make thou the Yātudhānas

3 Let Yātudhānas mourn, let all greedy Kimidins weep and
And, Agni, Indra, may ye both accept this sacrifice of ours. p. a8

4 May Agni seize upon them first, may strong-armed Indra drive
them forth:
Let every wicked sorcerer come hither and say, Here am I.

5 Let us behold thy strength, O Jātavedas. Viewer of men, tell us
the Yātudhānas.
Burnt by thy heat and making declaration let all approach this
sacrifice before thee.

6 O Jātavedas, seize, on them: for our advantage art thou born:
Agni, be thou our messenger and make the Yātudhānas wail.

7 O Agni, bring thou hitherward the Yātudhānas bound and
And afterward let Indra tear their heads off with his thunder-