Week_One_Historical_and_Cultural_backgro

Week_One_Historical_and_Cultural_backgro - Historical and...

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Unformatted text preview: Historical and Cultural background to Buddhism Vedic Culture Social Structure The Indus Valley Civilization 3 rd millennium B.C.E.: population of the plains of the Indus river Modern aspects of the Indus valley civilization System of writing 1200 B.C.E.: Indo-European invasions and decay of the cities Religious culture Ritual baths Female goddess Classes of priests and religious practitioners Inheritance in future religious culture Map Ancient India India Indian and Hindu Combination of civilizations and pluralism of religions Culture in Ancient India ryan Vedic Tradition + Indus Valley Civilization (Harappns) non vedic elements in Hindu tradition (ritual bathing & feminine imagery) ryan Vedic supremacy in the region since second millennium BCE ryan Vedas Vedas: still core of modern Hindu scriptures Hinduism and Zoroastrianism g Veda and Avesta ryan rsis and Zarathustra Hinduism: key principles Four main tenets Universe is beginningless and endless, but goes through circles (yugas) of creation, maintenance and destruction Living beings through cycles of rebirths according to Karma Ascetic practice is effective in bringing human beings to liberation from cycle of rebirths...
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