Sunday, August 11, 2013

Google Search Tech Tip

For this tip, I decided to search the Hinduism section of Sacred Texts for the word "dice" because of the gambling match that is so important in the Mahabharata. I was surprised to find a hymn in the Rig Veda that includes dice! Incredible! It's about a gambler who loves the dice and gambling more than his own family and friends.

Rig Veda, Hymn 34

And here is one of the verses:

Downward they roll, and then spring quickly upward, and, handless, force the man with hands to serve them. Cast on the board, like lumps of magic charcoal, though cold themselves they burn the heart to ashes.

WOW! An ancient hymn that is about a desperate gambler. Some things about human culture really never do change it seems.

Since I like to include images in blog posts, here is an image of the famous gambling match in the Mahabharata in which Yudhishthira gambles away his brothers, his wife, and himself:

Image source: The Game of Dice

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