The scriptures of the Hindus, the Vedas, four in number, are the highest truths revealed to the seers. The refrain of the Vedas is self-realization. The core of the Vedas do not advocate Idol worship but a Higher Reality, Brahman , whose attributes are Being, Consciousness and Bliss-Sat, Chit and Ananda. However idol worship is allowed to concentrate the mind. The Four Vedas are.
After gradual research; I have come to the conclusion that long before all heavenly books, God had revealed to the Hindus, through the Rishis of yore, of whom Brahma was the Chief, His four books of knowledge, the Rig Veda, the Yajur Veda, the Sama Veda and the Atharva Veda."
The Vedas were intutively grasped in the for of Sounds by the Seers,Rishis. They can not be really called composers, they have complied what they have intutively learnt. The major families that composed these hymns are the Bharadvajas, Visvamitras, Vasisthas, Vamadevas, Grtsamadas and Atris. Each of these is attributed a Mandala (or Book) in the Rig Veda. These Mandalas are thus referred to as the Kula Mandalas (Family Books).
The Mantrika Upanishad appears in the Atharva Veda. Full of symbolism ans an integrated approach to all the Three Vedas ,a clear exposition of Advaita and Maya can be found in this Upanishad. I shall be posting an article explaining the concept
It is not Athavana Veda as most people pronounce it. Atharveda is not as large as the Rug Veda. There are 10552 verses in Rig Veda and around 5987 verses (varies slightly based on recessions) in Atharva Veda. Thus Atharva Veda is a little more than half the size of Rig Veda. It is three times bigger than Yajur Veda or Sama Veda. From the preliminary analysis of the text, it is revealed that Atharva Veda was centered around the northern Sarasvati region and later became the text of the shamans in the Kuru kingdom which got established to the east of Sarasvati (in Haryana