1) Often known as the fourth and the last Veda, the Atharva Veda stands out from all other three Vedas. The hymns present in Atharva Veda are diverse in nature and character when compared to the Rig, Sama and Yajur Vedas.
2) Classical Atharva Veda relates to religion and socio-cultural attributes of the society. It is known to provide knowledge at a different level.
3) In contrary to the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda is in simpler language.
4) Most scholars do not consider Atharva Veda as the part of the Vedas.
5) The Atharva Veda is associated with the area and the cult of occult science and the dark side of science. It is said to deal with death, spirits and the afterlife.
6) There is a belief that if pregnant women attend a ritual where Atharva Veda is chanted, the effects of it can be so powerful that it can cause an abortion.
7) The Atharvaveda is composed in Vedic Sanskrit, and it is a collection of 730 hymns with about 6,000 mantras, divided into 20 books.
8) The Atharvaveda is sometimes called the “Veda of magical formulas”, an epithet declared to be incorrect by other scholars.
9) Many books of the Atharvaveda Samhita are dedicated to rituals without magic and to theosophy.
10) It was likely compiled as a Veda contemporaneously with Samaveda and Yajurveda, or about 1200 BC – 1000 BC.