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9/10/2009 1 Vedic Mythology September 1 , 3, and 8 Ā ryan Civilization Indo European tribes migrated to India Nd i l h id ttl d tl d ith th i ttl Nomadic people who raised cattle, and traveled with their cattle and horses Settled down in the North Western India, formed villages and communities Worshipped gods associated with nature Hd Id E l th t b ‘S k it Had an Indo European language that became ‘Sanskrit’ (reformed/polished) sometime around 4 th c. BCE Did not have a script, used unique mnemonic devices to preserve language and culture.
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9/10/2009 2 Major Deities Agni Indra S ū rya Soma Varu a Gandharvas Apsar ā s Religious Practice A prayer to the sacrificial fire 123 agnim Ī le purohitam Fire pray priest 'I pray to the fire god who is (our) priest.' Altar
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9/10/2009 3 Early Vedic Mythology ta Nature gods Human beings Sacrifice: the medium or device used by human beings to propitiate or please the nature gods propitiate or please the nature gods.
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