the Yajurveda and the Gathas

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  1. exile

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    Among the metros, used in the Yajurveda, we find seven which are marked by the epithet asuri, such as Gayatri asuri, Ushnih asuri, Pankti asuri. These Asura meters which are foreign to the whole Rigveda are actually to be found in the Gathas which professedly exhibits the doctrines of the Ahura (Asura) religion. The Gayatri asuri consists of fifteen syllables, which metre we discover in the Gatha Ahunavaiti (see p. 144), if we bear in mind that the number of sixteen syllables, of which it generally consists, is often reduced to fifteen (compare, for instance, Yas. Xxxi. 6, and the first two lines of xxxi. 4). The Ushnih asuri, consisting of fourteen syllables, is completely extant in the Gatha Vohu-kshathra (Yas. li), each verse of which comprises fourteen syllables. The Pankti asuri consists of eleven syllables, just as many as we found (p. 144) in the Gathas Ushtvaiti and Spenta-mainyu. Martin Haug, Essays on the sacred language, writings, and religion of the Parsis Pg. 271-2

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    Vedas mention Gods as 'asuras' like the Gathas. Vedas and Gathas have the same Aryan origin. Some migrated to Iran, some to India. This is the story of the Eastern branch. The Western branch (Yavanas - ionians) migrated to Greece and other countries in Europe. The 'demon' meaning of 'asura' came only later.
     
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    Also note the similarity between the words 'Aryans' and 'Ionians'. It requires only an erasure of 'r', though people tell me that it does not happen that way in languages. 'Ayan' and 'Ion'.
     

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