RELS 108 Lecture Notes - Lecture 17: Aranyaka, Indian Literature, Vaishnavism

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The indus valley civilization: 3000 bce 1500 bce, highly advanced culture, writing system, seal stamps, planned city, agricultural society. Flood: migration of new people, its culture did not just die out, but fused with aryan culture. Who is avan: aryan- noble one (sanskrit, migrated from the mesopotamian basin in india, warrior, pastoralists, poets, portable religion, religion on your back oral transmission, gods nature, personification; human qualities in animal gods. Mixing of the dravidian and aryan culture was the foundation for what will eventually be known as hinduism. 1750-1200 bce aryans migrated in waves to india. They began in tribal communities with leaders known as rajas. Main type of worship: sacrifice on altars (nomadic) Soul and body, ultimately part of a larger reality. The self in hinduism is directly correlated with the concept of karma. Virtuous or evil actions can determine a person"s constitution in a following lifetime. Samsara- to wonder across , the round of rebirth.

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