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Class and Religion in Ancient India
Indian religions , sometimes also termed Dharmic religions or Indic religions , are the religions that originated in the Indian subcontinent ; namely Hinduism , Jainism , Buddhism , and Sikhism. Although Indian religions are connected through the history of India , they constitute a wide range of religious communities, and are not confined to the Indian subcontinent. Evidence attesting to prehistoric religion in the Indian subcontinent derives from scattered Mesolithic rock paintings. The documented history of Indian religions begins with the historical Vedic religion , the religious practices of the early Indo-Iranians , which were collected and later redacted into the Vedas. The period of the composition, redaction and commentary of these texts is known as the Vedic period , which lasted from roughly to BCE.
Hinduism , major world religion originating on the Indian subcontinent and comprising several and varied systems of philosophy , belief, and ritual. Although the name Hinduism is relatively new, having been coined by British writers in the first decades of the 19th century, it refers to a rich cumulative tradition of texts and practices, some of which date to the 2nd millennium bce or possibly earlier. If the Indus valley civilization 3rd—2nd millennium bce was the earliest source of these traditions, as some scholars hold, then Hinduism is the oldest living religion on Earth. Its many sacred texts in Sanskrit and vernacular languages served as a vehicle for spreading the religion to other parts of the world, though ritual and the visual and performing arts also played a significant role in its transmission.
Hinduism is an Indian religion and dharma , or way of life. Hinduism includes a range of philosophies , and is linked by shared concepts, recognisable rituals, cosmology , pilgrimage to sacred sites and shared textual resources that discuss theology, philosophy, mythology , Vedic yajna , yoga , agamic rituals , and temple building , among other topics. Along with the practice of various yogas, some Hindus leave their social world and material possessions and engage in lifelong Sannyasa monasticism in order to achieve Moksha.
Women play a key role in strengthening the dynamism of human civilization. According to Altekar , p. Moreover these parameters have tended to create a major lacuna in our perception of the societal structure that had endeavored to shape gender roles and positions in ancient India.
Hinduism is the oldest religion in India. In fact, some of the Hindu gods were most likely worshipped by the people of ancient Harappa. When the Aryans came into India, they brought their beliefs, and the stories of their gods in their holy book, the Rig Veda. The Aryans believed in re-incarnation.
The term Hinduism
Most of the states in ancient India were politically stable. They often remained for long periods free from internal squabbles and intrigues of the kind we see today. This situation helped them a great deal in initiating measures aimed at improving the quality of life of the common people. How could the states enjoyed political peace for long stretches of time to undertake such measures? The answer is that the origin of the state in ancient India was strongly believed to lay in dharma religion itself and, therefore, treated as an institution not to be opposed or disobeyed. A close study of the scriptures of ancient India reveals that the people during the Vedic and later periods firmly believed that the state had been set up by god Himself.
Каждая минута простоя ТРАНСТЕКСТА означала доллары, спущенные в канализацию. - Но, Мидж… - сказал Бринкерхофф. - ТРАНСТЕКСТ не устраивает перерывов. Он трудится день и ночь. Тебе это отлично известно.