Beginnings Aboriginal – pre 6000 B.C. Dravidian Aryan (Indo-Europeans)
I. Hinduism A.General Characteristics 1. mix of Aryan & Dravidian beliefs 2. no single founder 3. monotheistic (brahman) or polytheistic?
B. Vocabulary Brahman: the universal spirit dharma: code of conduct karma: the idea that one’s deeds will have an effect on this or the next life samsara: reincarnation or the cycle of the soul’s birth and rebirth
moksha: release from samsara (salvation) atman: the soul of the individual puja: daily worship of one or more of the goddesses; one invites the god with offerings and prayers
Hindu Trinity: Cyclical concept of Time Preservation (Life) Destruction (Death) Recreation (Rebirth) Creation (Birth) Brahma – the Creator Vishnu – the Preserver Of Balance in the Universe Shiva – the Destructor Who facilitates rejuvenation