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Reln 112 Notes week 6

by: Stacey Boateng

Reln 112 Notes week 6 RELN 112 - (Timothy Ledna, Survey of world religions)

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Survey of World Religions
Timothy Ledna
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Stacey Boateng on Friday March 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to RELN 112 - (Timothy Ledna, Survey of world religions) at Radford University taught by Timothy Ledna in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 15 views. For similar materials see Survey of World Religions in Religious Studies at Radford University.

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Date Created: 03/04/16
Introduction to religious studies: Hinduism Summary notes The beginning: 2300-1500 BCE, Indus valley There are about 1 billion followers of Hinduism What are some important concepts?  Everything comes from and is made from Brahman  Dharma brings everything together  Creative matter is time and space  Santa dharma: eternal law  There is up to 330 million gods but Hindus mainly worship Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma What is the problem?  Reincarnation (its not a reward, it’s a punishment)  Karma: people are inherently both bad and good  Samsara: wandering on Solution:  Moksha: release from the cycle, spiritual liberation from bondage  Bathing in the Ganges  Death ritual  Yoga  Puja: Hindus connect to the gods and goddesses  Physical and spiritual discipline  Good karma Important religious figures:  Gandhi  Brahmin: priests, prophets, teachers  Kshathyas: military, police, politicians  Vaisyas: farmers, merchants  Pandit: a person who studies the law  Shudras: laborers, the untouchables Sacred Writings: The Vedas-Book of knowledge  Rig Veda: hymns  Sama Veda: chants (preists)  Yajur Veda: chants for everyday life  Upanishads: Vedic texts that focus on relationships of humans and the divine


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