3rd largest religion • non-dogmatic • theistic • non-proselytizing
• Define Key Terms
• Appreciate the evolution of HIndu thought as it relates to its colonial past
• Understand the importance of the Vedas to Hindu thought
• Understand the relationship between Brahman and the Avatars
• Appreciate the relationship between Maya, Samsara, and Moksha
• Appreciate the uniqueness of the Bhakti path from other Hindu paths
• Appreciate the influence that Hindu thought has had on America
The Hindus of India
Vedic Period (1750 - 600 BCE)
• warriors from the north bring the into India
• begins. The are recorded in written form.
Śramaṇa Period (600 - 200 BCE)
• Concept of Samsara. Decline of .
• written. Rise of the & .
Classical Hindu Period (200 BCE - 1200 CE)
• Bhagavad written. Mahabarata & Ramanyana written.
• develops in response to
Medieval Period (1200 - 1525 CE)
• moves from abstract Brahman to more accessible Avatars
• The six major systems of are codified
Islamic Mughal Period (1526 - 1857 CE)
• call non–Muslim Indians by the exonym ""
British Raj Period (1858 - 1947)
• . "" conceptualized as a religion.
• 1947: India wins their independence (cf. Gandhi) from Britain