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Department
Religion
Course
RLG205H5
Professor
Ajay Rao
Semester
Fall

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Week 3 LATE VEDIC SOCIETY: THE CASTE SYSTEM, THE ENDS OF LIFE, RITES OF PASSAGE Renunciation was domesticated within the late Vedic period. Householder ideal: mainstream. Renunciation: distinctive of south Asian religions. Dravidian is used to describe indigenous non-Aryan Indians. Late Vedic period contains elements that are central to the south Asian religions. A major historical shift took place. Theory 1: Dravidian Hypothesis: incorporation of indigenous (from Indus valley civilization) elements into Aryan religion. Come from outside. Theory 2: Internal evolution of Vedic Aryan Civilization. Come from within. Renunciation (give something up) is related to asceticism (self-discipline). Yoga and fasting are examples of asceticism. Renunciation and asceticism are opposed to the Vedic ideas! Renunciation asks people to give up the fire. Buddha: 1. C. 566 -> 486 BCE 2. C.448 -> 368 BCE (probably more accurate) Above times are nodal points for many transformations. Contain many stories about renunciation. www.notesolution.com
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