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Vysas (in Sanskrit "collector") is thought to be a minor incarnation of Vishnu. In Hindu he is believed to be the author of the Vedas, epic, especially the Mahabharata, and puranic texts. When compiling the Puranas he was known as Vedavyasa. He ranks with Hyagriva and Sarasvati as a lord of knowledge and wisdom, and was responsible for dividing the Tree of Knowledge into parts. In texts he is depicted a dark skinned and sometimes bearded, and accompanied by four students Sumanta, Paila, Vaisampayana, and Jaimini. A.G.H.
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