RLG100Y1 Lecture #21 - RLG100Y1 LECTURE NOTES December 1st,...

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RLG100Y1 LECTURE NOTES December 1 st , 2010 South Asian Traditions: Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sikhism The Aryans moved into South Asia over the course of several centuries; experienced various skirmishes; eventually blended in to the point where they were the power elite of the society; their culture and religion became the mainstream of Indian society; o this society is very much integrated (the Vedic texts hold hymns composed by individuals who were not originally of the Vedic tradition, but eventually became absorbed into the tradition) Vedic religion is the idea of religious practice that is derived from the ancient Vedas; these were composed over the course of a long period of time (~millenium) Centrally focused on the idea of sacrifice; RTA; everything in the universe is like a circle – if any spot on this circle is disturbed, the whole circle is disturbed o Sacrifice is the dominant way in which human beings can support the harmony of the universe; ritual acknowledgement of the importance of the harmony o Self-consciously engage in certain ritual acts that are symbolic of other things; Vedic sacrifice is highly symbolic (ex. Offer a flour/butter into the fire, there are different symbols) o Vedic sacrifice is always conducted around a fire; fire is, therefore, a very important element; most effective element in communicating with the other elements; the smoke brings the message up to heaven, where it is communicated, before it returns to Earth o Self-consciously pay homage to the various natural forces of the world (ex. Wind – the entity that energizes, breath, etc – fire – the entity that keeps the world/our bodies warm; the difference between being alive and dead – breath and warmth) o Saw the extension of the powers of the elements both outside and inside (wind = breath, fire = warmth, earth = flesh, water = blood, etc) o In the course of performing a ritual, it corresponded greatly with this connection between the macro and the micro o Over time, a great number of ritual practices develop to enhance these realizations
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course RLG 100 taught by Professor Pearly during the Fall '08 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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RLG100Y1 Lecture #21 - RLG100Y1 LECTURE NOTES December 1st,...

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