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vedic buddhism - Vedic Brahmanism and Theravada Buddhism...

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Vedic Brahmanism and Theravada Buddhism With the dissimilar thoughts and practices of the two religions Vedic Brahmanism and Theravada Buddhism, it is very hard to see how they can be categorized together. Vedic Brahmanism is polytheistic and has a complex system of ritual sacrifice, while Theravada Buddhism is non-theistic and uses the escape from desire to reach fulfillment of the self. Although both beliefs are very different, both are widely considered to be religions. Through Clifford Geertz’s definition: “A system of symbols which acts to establish powerful, pervasive, and long-lasting moods and motivations in men by formulating conceptions of a general order of existence and clothing these conceptions with such an aura of factuality that the mood and motivations seem uniquely realistic.” (Geertz, 75), the dissimilar beliefs of Vedic Brahmanism and Theravada Buddhism are proven to be religions with similar ends. The life of the Vedic Brahmans depended on a good harvest and consistency in with the Indus River. The Brahmans, therefore, worshipped many gods to provide a successful harvest. The Brahmans believed that their way to achieve happiness was through the prosperity brought by many sons and earthly nourishment. Vedic
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This essay was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course RLST 201 taught by Professor Elliot during the Fall '07 term at Kenyon.

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