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Rbhu

Rbhu mfn. ({rabh}) , clever , skilful , inventive , prudent (said of Indra , Agni , and the Adityas RV. also of property or wealth RV. iv , 37 , 5 ; viii , 93 , 34 of an arrow AV. i , 2 , 3) {us}) m. an artist , one who works in iron , a smith , builder (of carriages &c.)N. of three semi-divine beings (Ribhu , Vaja , and Vibhvan , the name of the first being applied to all of them thought by some to represent the three seasons of the year [Ludwig RV. vol. iii , p. 187] , and celebrated for their skill as artists ; they are supposed to dwell in the solar sphere , and are the artists who formed the horses of Indra , the carriage of the Asvins , and the miraculous cow of Brihaspati they made their parents young , and performed other wonderful works [Sv-apas] they are supposed to take their ease and remain idle for twelve days [the twelve intercalary days of the winter solstice] every year in the house of the Sun [Agohya] after which they recommence working ; when the gods heard of their skill , they sent Agni to them with the one cup of their rival Tvashtri , the artificer of the gods , bidding the Ribhus construct four cups from it when they had successfully executed this task , the gods received the R2ibhus amongst themselves and allowed them to partake of their sacrifices &c. cf. Kaegi RV. p. 53 f.) RV. AV. &c. they appear generally as accompanying Indra , especially at the evening sacrifice ; in later mythology Ribhu is a son of Brahman VP. a deity L. {avas}) m. a class of deities ; [cf. Gk. $ ; Lat. {labor} Goth. &70848[226 ,2] {arb-aiths} Angl. Sax. $ ; Slav. {rab-u}.]
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