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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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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course RN 103 taught by Professor Cogan during the Spring '07 term at BU.
- Spring '07