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Hinduism Session 1

Hinduism Session 1 - Hinduism Session 1 Origins of Hinduism...

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Hinduism Session 1: Origins of Hinduism—9/22/11 * Reincarnation is a given Derivation of Hindu - Ancient Iranian - See=Sindu - Persian: Hind - Muslims referred to Non-Muslims as “Hind” - British called Indians “Gentoo”, a Portuguese word - Wanted to unify India (built railroads, made English the national language, etc.) - Adopted a term called “Hindoo” and put it on a Census - Hindu=Non-Muslim, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Jewish or Christian - No Hindus before Modern Period Hinduism Vedic Samnyasins Yogins Dharma Classic Hinduism Bhakti Tantra Six Eras in the Development of Hinduism 1. The Pre-Aryan Period (Beginning of time – 1500 BCE) - British discovered about 70 unknown cities in the Indus Valley with a loose federation of government, so they called it Indus Valley Civilization - Biggest cities: Harappa and Mohenjo Daro - Found a piece of stone called Mahayogin of Harappa - Oldest civilization and very sophicationed 2. Vedic Period (1500-800 BCE) - Text: Vedas - Key Idea: Rta - Language of the Aryans: Sanskrit - Sacred Texts of the Aryans: The Vedas - Ved=knowledge or to see - Producers of the Vedas: Rsis *Rsis wrote the Vedas in Sanskrit
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