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Indus Valley - Religion

Religions of the ancient Indus Valley.
  1. Epics - Veda
  2. Hinduism - Sanatana Dharma

Religions of Ancient India
The civilization of the Indian subcontinent is about 4000 years old, with a religious tradition stretching back through much of that period. There are three major religions of ancient India. Read more about them below.

Mahabharata - About the Sanskrit Epic Known as the Mahabharata
The Mahabharata is an ancient religious writing of the Indian subcontinent.

Definition of Brahman

Siddhartha Gautama's 8-Fold Path
Eight rules recommended by Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) for leading one's life well.

Buddhism is one of the major religions of the world that started with a Hindu prince named Siddharta Gautama, the Buddha.

4 Noble Truths
The 4 noble truths were taught by Gautama Buddha and are part of Buddhism.

Bodhi is a tree important to Buddhism

Brahmanism is an early religion of the Indian sub-continent.

Siddharta Gautama is the Buddha.

Buddhism is the religion of the followers of Gautama Buddha.

Bulfinch's Mythology
Section on Hinduism includes: Vishnu, Siva, Juggernauts, and caste system. Section on Zoroaster includes a supreme being, the rise of good and evil, and the magi.

Dharma is a Sanskrit word and concept with different meanings in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.

Hinduism is an ancient religion of India.

Jainism is a non-theistic religion that developed in the Indian subcontinent.

Nirvana is one of the concepts of Buddhism.

One Third of a Billion Hindu Gods
Hinduism has a supreme being and a multiplicity of gods.

The Origin of the Swastika
The swastika was a symbol of the ancient aryans, but may have been used elsewhere in antiquity, as well. Read what the forum members have to say.

The Vedas are ancient religious writing of the Indian subcontinent.

Short entry on Zoroaster or Zarathustra, the founder of Zoroastrianism.

'The Laws of Manu' - An About.com Hinduism Feature
Sir William Jones assigned the work to the period 1200-500 B.C., but more recent developments state that the work in its extant form dates back to the first or second century AD or could be even older. Scholars agree that the work is a modern versified rendition of a 500 B.C. Dharma-sutra, which no longer exists.

Rama and Sita
In the Diwali festival each fall, Hindus celebrate aspects of the story of the relationship between Rama and Sita. Read an annotated bibliography that provides the basics on their relationship and the festival.

An article on Harappan Culture from the Library of Congress that provides some religious background to the early period of the history of the Indian subcontinent.

The Indus Valley Civilization
A look at the assumptions made about the history of the ancient Indus Valley civilization that are based on the Aryan Invasion.

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