Sacrifice Purusha Vedas

Sacrifice Purusha Vedas - VEDAS AND ARYAN CULTURE Please...

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VEDAS AND ARYAN CULTURE Please pay special attention to the italicized technical terms The  Rig Veda  is a collection of Sanskrit hymns composed by a group of anonymous authors in  North India around 1,200 BC. The community of people who created the Rig Veda called  themselves the   Aryans   (noble). The origin of the Aryans is much debated, but it is generally  agreed that they originated somewhere in Central Asia and migrated South to India around 1,500  BC. As the Aryans moved south they conquered and displaced the original inhabitants of India  who already lived in well-developed cities in the Indus Valley, which is in modern Pakistan.  The Aryans brought with them their  liturgical  and poetic language,  Sanskrit . Sanskrit belongs to  a family of languages called  Indo-European  languages; this is the largest language family in the  world, and it consists of most European languages like: Latin, Greek, Spanish and English.  Sanskrit and Persian are also members of the Indo-European family.  We don’t know what languages the Aryans spoke at home, but whatever these were, they always  composed their bureaucratic, liturgical and poetic texts in Sanskrit. Sanskrit, therefore, became  and remained the official religious and bureaucratic language of India from the Vedic era until  the 12 th  century AD. Even after the 12 th  century Sanskrit continued to be the liturgical language  of Hindus and Buddhists. In fact, as Buddhism spread throughout Asia Sanskrit went with it. 
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