2008.1.25_RN103 lecture

2008.1.25_RN103 lecture - RN103 World Religion East...

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Unformatted text preview: RN103 World Religion East Professor Cogan Jan. 25, 2008 i Brahmana class of texts; ritual manual in Vedas Brahman/ Brahmin class of people who specialize in ritual and knowledge of Vedas Brahman ultimate reality Brahma a creator god, usually seen with Vishnu and Shiva Veda comes from Sanskrit verb vid meaning to know knowledge Primary texts of post-Indus Valley civilization Post Indus Valley, Indo-Iranians came in, developed Indo-Aryan civilization Indo-Aryan (came to India from Indus Valley) o Brought with them tradition of religious rituals that we have evidence of in the Vedas o Vedas central to their religion Vedas are shruti what is heard or that which is heard o Vedas were not composed , they were listened to o Sears gained access to Vedas and were able to hear them and memorize them and transmit them to their community o Not composed by humans, exist eternally as sound o Aural component key sacred sounds in the universe that we then can have access to...
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2008.1.25_RN103 lecture - RN103 World Religion East...

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