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Origins of Hinduism

In terms of its religious development there are now two basic theories that attempt to explain how Hinduism first developed within India, and they both draw on the famous ekam sat viprah bahudha vadanti verse for their effectiveness. One suggests that at some time towards the end of the Indus Valley Civilization (circa 1700 BCE) a group of nomadic people called the Aryans moved into northern India from the steppes of central Europe or even Asia Minor. This is called the “Indo-Aryan Migration Theory” and it was first posited after the relationship between Sanskrit, Greek and Latin was discovered along with other archeological evidence that emerged in the late 18th …


Indian Culture And Traditions

Every culture has three aspects: first, upward will, core ideal and thought turned upon the ideal; second, creative self-expression and appreciative aestheticism and imagination; and thirdly, practical and outward formulation. These three are represented, respectively, by religion and philosophy; Art, poetry, literature; Society, politics, and outward frame of external life. In addition, it is the function of the culture to lead these four elements of life in man and to build some kind of harmony of these forms and motives. India has a history going back thousands of years and a prehistory going back hundreds of thousands of years. There was a long phase of Paleolithic hunting and gathering cultures …