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indic tradition terms

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Department
Religion
Course
RLG100Y1
Professor
Arti Dhand
Semester
Winter

Description
Indic religion termsIndus valley civilization The earliest traces of civilization in the Indian subcontinent are to be found in places along or close to the Indus River There was two great cities emerged from the Indus valley civilization one is Harappa and other one is Mohenjadaro In 1926 when archaeological excavations along the Indus River revealed the presence of an ancient civilization Multiple story homes drainage a very advanced civilization They found coinage and inscriptions There was also evidence of practicing active trade Figurines which suggest that it was engaged in idol worship Significance for animals represented in artwork and sealsThis might have been a culture that engaged in asceticism like Man sitting in yogic position figure and in art Oldest remnant of history we have for the Indian subcontinentIt is to be believed that the tradition died out mainly due to geographical disasterthSanskrit Sanskrit is known as the language of Vedas In late 18 century Indian subcontinent was under the rule of British Empire The British government was determine to governs Indians by their own laws little less possible implementing laws that already existed Therefore the British had to learn Sanskrit which was the most spiritual language spoken by thmost Indians In 18 century which was the period of enlightenment many Europeans men studies Sanskrit and they found various affinity in terms of vocabulary and grammar between Sanskrit and Europeans language Therefore they concluded that the 2 language was to much of relate which gave then the idea that Indiana and Europeans was under the same linguistic family called IndoEuropeans who lived in Russia and central Asia and for some reason spread out to India Iran and various part of Europe Vedas The Vedas are considered the earliest literary record of IndoAryan civilization and the most sacred books of India They are the original scriptures of Hindu teachings and contain spiritual knowledge encompassing all aspects of our life Vedic literature with its philosophical maxims has stood the test of time and is the highest religious authority for all sections of Hindus in particular and for mankind in general And the language of Vedas was sanskirt which was analyzed by many scholars and who came uo with the theory of indoEuropeans after finding various affinities between sanskrit and European language the Vedas are regarded as the absolute authority for religious knowledge and a test of Hindu orthodoxy both Jains and Buddhists reject the Vedas For Hindus the Veda is a symbol of unchallenged authority and tradition Aryan it is a word that referred to a set of people as noble person not a racial thing more of an aristocratic class Aryans are seminomadic people who migrate in the Indian subcontinent as tribes Aryans told to be strong and manly They were important for the Aryan migration theory which was as a result of various conflicts with the Indian society they started themselves as the ruler of India They had their own religion god and goddess This slowly became the Vedic culture and became the root of the Indian culture and religion Vedic religion also known as the Aryan tradition The idea of religious practice that we can take from the ancient text called the Vedas From the beginning of the Hindu tradition Ancient Aryan religion is structured around sacrifice It was to be believed that everything in the universe is interconnected Everyone connects with each other which lead to the concept
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