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Early Indo-European Texts


The first four texts are devoted to Old Avestan; the next two, to Young Avestan.

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  1. Old Avestan: Yasna 29, the Cow's Lament
  2. Old Avestan: Yasna 29 (continued)
  3. Old Avestan: Yasna 53 -- a gatha (wedding song)
  4. Old Avestan: Yasna 30 -- a gatha about reward and punishment
  5. Young Avestan: Yast 10 -- excerpt from Hymn to Mithra
  6. Young Avestan: Yasna 10 -- excerpt from Hymn to Haoma