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Indian Religion Before Buddhism Sacrifice: External to Internal
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Vedic Religion 1700 – 600 BCE
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Aryans and Aryan Invasion Indus Valley Civilization (3300-1700BCE) Indo-European/Aryan Invasion (1700-1500BCE) Arya = nobles; not indigenous They were an earlier, nomadic, cattle-herding culture By 2 nd millennium BCE, mostly sedentary, settled-down in villages (agriculture and animal husbandry) Self-representation in texts called the Vedas
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The Vedas Not of human authorship Texts seen by seers (rishi) Vedas are shruti is opposed to texts authored by humans and remembered (smriti) Preserved by priests (Brahmins) Sage Vyasa organized the Vedas into a whole Central to Vedic religion; one def. of Hindu
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Divisions of Veda Four Vedas Rig/Rg Veda Sama Veda Yajur Veda Atharva Veda
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Vedic Worldview World is made up of cosmic homologies World not given but made World/gods tend to disorder; need for sacrifice (karma) Place of human beings in renewal (recycle)
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This note was uploaded on 12/21/2009 for the course REL S 338 taught by Professor Hansenw. during the Spring '09 term at San Diego State.

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