BuddhismVedicsociety

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Vedic Society 1700 BCE – Buddha’s Time
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Indus Valley Civilization Aryans Two Components of Vedic Society
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Indus Valley Civilization (2500-1500 BCE) Harappa Mohenjo-daro
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Review Indus Valley Civilization (2500-1500BCE) Mohenjo-daro Harrapa Indo-European/Aryan Invasion (1700- 1500BCE)
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Aryans and Aryan Invasion Arya = nobles; not indigenous Early 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) Sage Vyasa organized the Vedas into a whole Preserved by priests (Brahmins) 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) Dharma (duty) and Rta/Rita (order) Immortality through generation and sacrifice Rewards/blessings: cattle, timely rain, off- springs (sons), health, safety
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Vedic Cosmogony The Creation Hymn “But after all, who knows, and who can say whence it all came, and how creation happened. The Gods themselves are later than creation, so who knows truly whence it has arisen.”
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