Vac

February 14th, 2010 by sabrina

star-of-heavenVac is the Hindu Goddess of speech. She is described in the Rig Veda as not only speech itself, but also as truth and perception, which allow us to turn divine knowledge into words. She is said to be the mother of the Vedas, having inspired sages to write them. Vac is depicted either as a golden-skinned woman or as a cow, a symbol of nourishment. She was eventually syncretized with the Goddess Sarasvati, ruler of knowledge. Vac’s name, which means “speech,” is also seen as Vak or Vach, and sacred texts give her the following names (some of which she shares with other Hindu Goddesses):
Aditi
Aghnya
Agnayi
Agnya
Anumati
Apva
Aranyani
Dhenu
Durga
Gauri
Indrani
Kuhu
Pathya
Prthvi
Raka
Ratri
Rodasi
Romasa
Sarama
Saranyu
Sarasvati
Sinivali
Sraddha
Surya
Svasti
Urvasi
Usas
Vrsakapayi
Yami

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