Lecture 2 hinduism

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RLG A01: Lec 02
Religion is always a living tradition and is meant to be practiced (rituals, and
chanting) by the individuals
Statement is problematic because of the terms that is represented in the
statements because they are misleading because they suggest a uniformity
and consistency that does not actually exist , the word “Hinduism” is just an
umbrella term , it is not even of the Indian origin, this word were for the
Indians in general in 12th century and not the ones that practice the religion,
later on it became the religions name
Hinduism was primarily an outsiders word, the Persians would use this word
to describe them, when ppl in India did not even have that word to describe
that religion, they have this word:
“sanatana dharma” : meaning eternal law or eternal duty : closest to what
the western world religion means
Hindus never consider themselves as even practicing a religion: they see
themselves as devotees of a partical god or godess
Practioners would have a forehead marking to tell others what they are
practicing: :”Tilaks”
SHIVA AND VISHNU are really important : those who practice Shiva never
practice Vishnu and vice versa and the concept of chosen devotees are
essential to ppl
The word religion comes from the latein word “Religio (basically w/o the n)” :
they have many diff kinds of understanding of how religion is
We understand religion by paralleling it to cinemas, magazines
In the east: religion is the foundation of everything comes from, the roots in
all things in life, its not just parallel to other things, it comes to things like
how ppl dress, eat , drama play, entertainment , wedding
The conflict b/w the outsider and the insider: the insider: the way they
understand their own practices can be very different from how the outsider
perceive, insider has knowledge of their own practices that can be dated
back a hundred years ago
The insiders know things that the outsiders never know and the outsiders
know things that the insiders cannot know (the experience of the insider that
the outsider doesn’t know, and as an insider cannot know the outsider,
because there will only be subjective) : as a believer you will question, but as
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