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Hinduism 6th grade social studies

Intro to Hinduism

John Price

on 23 October 2013

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Transcript of Hinduism 6th grade social studies

"The Eternal Teaching"
The Beginnings...
Hinduism is a
collective term
applied to the many
and religious traditions native to
. Hinduism has neither a specific moment of origin nor a specific founder. Rather, the tradition understands itself to be timeless, having always existed.
Although there isn't an exact time in history that we can observe the beginnings of Hinduism, it is believed, by historians, to have begun around
2000 B.C.E.
Hinduism is an
of various
religious traditions and cultural philosophies

attributed to the
India (Indus Valley)
BRAH- muhns
VYSH- yuhs
The philosophy of Hinduism is that it has
always existed
and therefore it understands itself to be timeless, having always existed.
The caste of priests, of those who know and repeat the Vedas.
Brahmins were created from the mouth of Brahma so that they might instruct mankind. This was why they were considered the highest of the four castes, as they had the most to do with intellect. Since it was recognized that knowledge is the only thing that remains with a person throughout life, Brahmins, as teachers, were duly respected.
Caste System
I am a Brahmin
Traditionally Kshatriya constitute the military and ruling elite of the Vedic-Hindu social system outlined by the Vedas and the Laws of Manu.
Rulers and Warriors
I am a great Kshatriya...
...and I am handsome.
According to the Hindu texts, the duties of a Vaishyas included cattle rearing and other pastoral tasks, productive labor, agriculture and trade.
Historically, Vaisyas have played a much larger role in Indian affairs apart from trade and commerce.
Indian traders were widely credited for the spread of Indian culture to regions as far as southeast Asia.
Farmers, craftspeople, trades
The Sudra has the lowest position in Hindu community.
Brahman is forbidden to give advice or even food to a Sudra
A Sudra has no right even to listen to the Veda. Recitation of or listening to this sacred book is exclusively a privilege of the Aryan Hindus.
A Sudra is debarred from marrying a woman of the higher castes; if he does, their offspring will sink into a class even lower than his own. He must not participate in carrying the corpse of a Brahman. He is allowed to carry his dead only through the southern gate of the city where he may live. The murder of a Sudra by a Brahman is equal only to killing a cat or a frog or a cow
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