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Samhita (Sanskrit, "joined," "collected")
is the collected arrangements of hymns, chants,
etc., constituting the Vedas, and thus is
the basis for the Hindu scriptures. Originally the term referred to the
connected and continuous style of recitation, and later applied to the collections
of hymns and chants that were recited. A.G.H.
Bowker, John, The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, New York, Oxford University Press, 1997, p. 848