PSYCO239 Lecture Notes - Rigveda, Brahmin, Manu Smriti

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Classical hindu literature are called smrti. there are three smrti: epics stories, puranas cosmological and theological poems, dharmashastra laws. Brahma - creation god (the lesser of the three in the. Trimurti ~ trinity of vishnu, shiva, and brahma) Brahman - the everything, the fabric of reality, the ultimate deity. Brahmins - the priestly class, the highest class. Brahmanas - in the hymns (in the vedas): the brahmanas are the ritual texts used by the brahmins. we pick up with the. Dharmashastras even before the dharmashastras, there is evidence that there were castes before this. scholars argue what counts as caste or class. all we need to know is that. Brahmins - priests teach society, make truth claims. Shudras - servants to the other classes different rituals, dialects, diets, etc. this was propegated by the belief that some people have different spiritual propensities and are destined to be in different groups.

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