4 vedas

4 vedas - expanded his kingdom. Women appear in the Vedas...

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Ritual and myth in the  Vedic period
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Goals: Learn about one important  sacrifice (the horse sacrifice) …some of the ways women  are portrayed in the Vedas ..and the transition from the  Rig Veda to the Upanishads
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Timeline of events in South Asian History 1947 CE  Independence of  India and  Pakistan  1757 CE  Arrival of the  British ~400 BCE Mahabharat a ~1600-900 BCE  Rig Veda ~800-500 BCE The Upanishads 566-486 BCE  The Buddha 1192 CE  Arrival of  Muslims 1500s Tulsidasa (poet) 1543-1605 CE Akbar (Mughal  emperor) 353-420 CE  Kalidasa (poet) 1971 CE Creation of  Bangladesh 1400s Kabir  (poet) ~2800-1700 BCE Indus  Valley Civilization
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The horse sacrifice was a vedic ritual  practiced by kings.  A horse would released to wander for a  year, and then would be ritually  slain. Symbolically, it reaffirmed the king’s  sovereignty, and physically, 
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Unformatted text preview: expanded his kingdom. Women appear in the Vedas as goddesses (e.g. Dawn), semi-divine beings, and humans. Some Vedic themes relating to women: Yama and Yamion the impossibility of divine incest Agastya and Lopamudraon the problem of female desire Indra and Apalaon the problem of female ugliness The transition from the Rig Veda to the Upanishads (800-500 BCE) Vedic sacrifice becomes internalized and Vedic gods become less visible. Spiritual knowledge becomes more important than external ritual. New religious paths emerge: asceticism, yogic practices, meditation New religious ideas emerge: karma , reincarnation, moksha Philosophical questioning emerges, especially on the nature of the soul or Self...
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This note was uploaded on 10/29/2009 for the course ASIA 152 taught by Professor Lothspeich during the Fall '09 term at UNC.

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