Religion Notes 01.12.11 - Religion Notes 01/12/11 VEDA...

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Religion Notes 01/12/11 VEDA -Earliest compositions of the Indo-Europeans (not books, but rather ritual manuals) -Comes from Sanskrit root VID -Sight → seen/heard at the same time, revelation, knowledge that has been revealed from divine Sruti – What is heard. Attunement to an eternal vibration -4 Veda Collections: -Sahmitas (strands) – Rig (short poems), Sama (songs/chants - Mantra), Yajur (commentary of ritual formulae), Atharva (variety of miscellaneous poems that are perhaps indigenous) -Rig Veda developed around 1500 BCE, 800 BCE for Atharva -Brahmanas – ritual texts that develop through each of the four Vedas -Aranyakas – These follow the same path -Upanisads – Same with this one Purpose of the Vedas -Used for the performance of sacrificial rituals -Centered around the Fire Sacrifice (yajna) -Maintains cosmic order, or dharma -Addresses: devas -Creates an economy between man and the gods (devas) -Vedic material is regarded as primary (of divine status) -Therefore, there is a concern with
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course RELIGION 202 taught by Professor Mandair during the Winter '11 term at University of Michigan.

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