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Unformatted text preview: rsis (sages) through sound. Not until the Muslims invaded was the Veda transcribed. 8. Hinduism uses mantras to create power and to ask help from the deities. One of these mantras is OM (AUM); it is an “all-word”. It makes up every letter of the alphabet and thus every word. It means everything. 9. As all other religions, Hinduism not only shapes society, but also, shapes individuals lives. Hindus base their daily routines on the varnasramadharma , which is based on one’s varna (social stratum) and one’s asramas (stages in life). 10. Within the hierarchy of Hinduism there are 4 tiers, Brahmins, Kstriyas , Vaisyas , and Sudras . The Brahmins are the religious leaders, the Kstriyasi are the warriors and rulers, the vaisyas are the businesspeople and artisans and the sudras are the servants of the 3 other upper castes. ← ←...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course THEO 199 taught by Professor Zakin during the Spring '08 term at Loyola Chicago.
- Spring '08