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Rels 303: Hinduism, Week 2 Notes

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These notes cover the information that is provided in the Powerpoints on Blackboard as well as supplemental information provided by Dr. Samuels during lecture. They also cover the discussion and ta...
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Date Created: 09/13/16
August 29 Vedic Gods­­Nomadic Culture  33 Gods of early Vedas  Most popular=Indra  3 Realms:  o Heaven (Mitra, Varuna, Visnu, Dywas, etc.),  o Midspace (Rudra, Indra, Vayus, etc.) o Earth (Agni, Soma, etc.)  11 Gods in each of the three realms  Effulgent: “a glowing one”  Definition of “God”­­deva  Monotheism, polytheism, henotheism, and kathenotheism  Is there a central god? YES and NO.  Some people choose to focus on one God  Henotheism: adhering/praying to one specific god out of many and  Kathenotheism: worship of one god at a time.  Role of Gods in protecting Rta (natural order in the world): punish  those who challenge the world’s “moral order” and forgive those  who do ask for forgiveness September 2 God: Agni Suma Indra Rudra Xao Themes Praise, Protection, Animal, Praise Creation, Petition, Devotion, generous, sacrifice, Gratitude, Substance, insight, ritual­ Head deva Bridge to fighting explanation, other warrior class, rta Devas Relationship Father­son, Daily Fear, help, Protector Co­ to Devas Easy, Prayer, fighting, dependent, Lord of Familiar, mob­boss larger Tribes Smaller to protect Dominant Wealth, Broad Fear, Basic Understand emotions/ good, sons, range, revere, needs, world, how it concerns everyday Help, appease prosperity, came to be, concerns Health, wealth, class protection unharmed


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