Hinduism_-_Introduction

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Intro to Hinduism
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Outline ± Introduction to Hinduism and Religious Texts ± Conceptions of the Divine ± Core Doctrines ± Hinduism and Social Organization ± Summary
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What is Hinduism? ± The Indian way of life; Indian culture ± Hinduism/Sindh/Indus/India ± Traditions grounded in ancient Indian texts ± The world’s oldest continuous religious tradition
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What is Hinduism? ± A tradition replete with variety ± No central authority ± Regional variation ± Different paths toward the same goal ± Open to dissent within some limits ± At times contradictory
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Textual Origins: Hindu Holy Books Obj10 The Vedas are the oldest Hindu holy books, written in Sanskrit, and often regarded as the highest authority; revealed texts The Upanishads are the more interpretive part of the Vedas The Epics: Mahabarata and Ramayana . The Bhagavad Gita is a section of the Epic, the Mahabarata, and it has a similar status to the Vedas, despite its younger age. The Tantras detail a series of interactions between Shiva and Shakti, male potential energy and female kinetic energy.
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The Core Texts: Rig Veda Rig Veda (the oldest of the Vedas); ca. 1700- 1000BCE *Songs of praise to the dieties (such as Indra, Agni, and Varuna) *Used by priests ( Brahmins ) to perform various rituals and sacrifices *Attributed to Aryans
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