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HIST 100 5/13/2009 HINDUISM 1. Foundational Literature Vedas Mythic poems “Knowledge” About Vedic Polytheistic Pantheon Varuna Indra Agni Yama Soma Kama Poetic Vedic rituals were used by the Brahmin priests Written in Sanskrit using ancient Aryan language Upanishads Moral Philosophy “Teachings” Wisdom derived from the Vedas Enjoyed by the Kshitriyas & Vaishyas Primary Ideas Brahman Universal/Absolute Reality Atman Individual/Personal Soul Secondary Ideas Samsara Reincarnation School for the Atman Life Suffering Karma Law of Cause & Effect Moksha Liberation from Samsara 2. Epics Mahabharata
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Unformatted text preview: “Great Mother India” Immortal Civil-War Story Family fighting with family Extremely bloody Like the Greek Iliad May be the longest epic poem ever composed Ramayana Adventurous Love Story “The Journey” A hero’s rescue of his faithful lover becomes a metaphor for a wife’s excessive devotion to her husband Like the Greek Odyssey HIST 100 5/13/2009 May be the oldest Both subjects of modern TV soap operas and comic books Rama Hero & Prince Sita Princess Lakshmana Brother Hanuman Servant Ravana Sati Demon...
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  • Winter '08
  • Hinduism, Sanskrit words and phrases, Foundational Literature Vedas, Prince Sita Princess Ravana Demon Lakshmana Brother Hanuman Servant Sati, Ideas Samsara Reincarnation, Vedic Polytheistic Pantheon

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