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Hinduism. Origins and Basic Principles. The Vedic Period. About 1500-500 B.C.E. Origin of Hinduism. Vedas are created Hindu holy texts. Theory of Aryan Invasion. ~1500 B.C.E. Aryan tribes from the Central Asian Steppes crossed the Himalayas into India.

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Hinduism

Hinduism

Origins and Basic Principles


The vedic period
The Vedic Period

About 1500-500 B.C.E.

Origin of Hinduism


Vedas are created

Hindu holy texts


Theory of aryan invasion
Theory of Aryan Invasion

~1500 B.C.E. Aryan tribes from the Central Asian Steppes crossed the Himalayas into India


The aryans divided their society into separate castes
The Aryans divided their society into separate castes

Castes were unchanging groups.

A person born into one caste never changed castes or mixed with members of other castes.

Caste members lived, ate, married, and worked with their own group.


The caste system
The Caste System

A system for ranking society into social groups based on birth and wealth

  • At the top of the caste system were the Brahmin – the priests, teachers, and judges.

  • Next came the Kshatriya (KUH SHAT REE YUHZ), the warrior caste.


  • The Vaisya caste (VEEZ YUHZ) were the farmers and merchants

  • Sudras, were craftworkers and laborers

  • The untouchables were the outcastes, people beyond the caste system

    • Their jobs were considered “polluting activities”


The varnas
The Varnas

  • Brahmins

    • Highest, preists/teachers

  • Kshatriyas

    • Warriors/rulers

  • Vaisyas

    • Commoners – traders/farmers etc…

  • Sudras

    • Servants

  • Untouchables

    • Below the caste


Hinduism1
Hinduism

Not an organized religion

no single approach to teaching it

Has common core beliefs:

  • Belief in a supreme being

  • Key Concepts: Truth dharma, karma


Truth is eternal
Truth is Eternal

Hindus pursue knowledge and understanding of the Truth: the essence of the universe and the only Reality


Brahman is truth and reality
Brahman is Truth and Reality

  • Brahman as the one true God who is formless, limitless, all-inclusive, and eternal

  • Brahman is a real entity that encompasses everything (seen and unseen) in the universe


The vedas are the ultimate authority
The Vedas are the ultimate authority.

Holy Books of Hinduism - scriptures that contain revelations received by ancient saints and sages


Everyone should try to achieve dharma
Everyone should try to achieve dharma

  • Dharma can be described as right conduct, righteousness, moral law, and duty

  • To follow Dharma one must try to do the right thing, according to one’s duty and abilities, at all times


Individual souls are immortal
Individual souls are immortal

  • A Hindu believes that the individual soul (atman)is eternal

  • Actions of the soul reflect on the next life



The goal of each soul is moksha
The goal another is known as of each soul is moksha

  • Moksha is liberation: the soul’s release from the cycle of death and rebirth.

  • It occurs when the soul unites with Brahman by realizing its true nature.


The hindu triumvirate
The another is known as Hindu triumvirate

The three gods who are responsible for the creation, upkeep and destruction of the world


Brahma is the first god
Brahma is the first another is known as god

  • Brahma's job was creation of the world and all creatures

  • Brahma is the least worshipped god in Hinduism


Vishnu is the second god
Vishnu is the second another is known as god

  • His role is to return to the earth in troubled times and restore the balance of good and evil.

  • So far, he has been incarnated nine times, but Hindus believe that he will be reincarnated one last time close to the end of this world


Shiva is the third god
Shiva is the third god another is known as

  • Shiva's role is to destroy the universe in order to re-create it

  • Hindus believe his powers of destruction and recreation are used to destroy the imperfections of this world, paving the way for change


Lakshmi
Lakshmi another is known as

  • Lakshmi is the consort of the god Vishnu. She is one of the most popular goddesses of Hindu mythology and is known as the goddess of wealth and purity


Puja another is known as

  • Hindu worship, or puja, involves images (murtis), prayers (mantras) and diagrams of the universe (yantras)



Pilgrimage
Pilgrimage making personal offerings to the

  • Important part of Hinduism

  • Rivers, temples, mountains, and other sacred sites in India are destinations for pilgrimages

  • Sites where the gods may have appeared


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