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RLG100Y1 Lecture #32

RLG100Y1 Lecture #32 - WR February 28th 2011 Hinduism Vedas...

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WR February 28 th 2011 Hinduism Vedas - Oldest scripture in the Indian subcontinent. - VITAL DIFFERENCE: - Hinduism retained Vedas as core scriptures. Buddhism and Jainism abandoned it. - Composed of 4 kinds of literature: - Samhitas/Mantras; Hymns(poetry) 10 cycles of hymns. Esoteric language. Oldest section, compose c1500BCE-1200BCE - Brahmanas; Large section of Vedas; Ritualistic commentary . Develops the poetic Mantras into rituals. Composed c1200BCE-1000BCE - Aranyakas; “Something to do with the forest”. Text composed in context of the “Forest”. Contemplative, less concerned with literal, ritualistic parts and more concerned with philosophical concerns. c1000BCE-800BCE. Aranyakas really the beginning of the movement away from the ritualistic tradition. This is the start of the sramana movement. By the time of the Upanisads the pattern of sramana living (leaving homes, possessions for contemplative lifestyle). -
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  • Fall '08
  • Pearly
  • Vedas, philosophical concerns. c1000BCE-800BCE, different priestly families, closing finite authority, ritualistic parts, Ritualistic commentary

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