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What’s the Rig Veda? Hinduism – India

By |2017-07-21T13:08:21+00:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|

The Rig Veda in Sanskrit (from the 1800s AD) The Rig Veda is a group of poems that people in India first sang and recited maybe about 1500 BC. That was soon after the Yamnaya - the Indo-Europeans - arrived in India. For hundreds of years, people passed down these poems by reciting them out loud. They [...]

What is Hinduism? A religion of India

By |2017-10-14T16:35:20+00:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion, What|

Arjuna fighting Karna, with Krishna as his charioteer (Duttapara Temple, ca. 1500s AD) The word Hindu comes from the river Indus, and it just means the people who live near the Indus river (actually in modern Pakistan). The Harappa people who lived near that river about 2500 BC carved images of several different gods on their clay seals. We can't read Harappan writing, [...]

How Ganesh cursed the Moon – Hinduism – India

By |2017-07-21T08:19:48+00:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|

Ganesh (Musee Guimet, Paris, from Tamil Nadu, ca. 1500 AD) Now long ago Brahma was sitting with Shiva when a man called Narada came along. And Narada offered a beautiful fruit to Shiva as a sacrifice. It was a really wonderful fruit, that Narada had chosen specially for Shiva. But Ganesh, Shiva's son, really loves fruit. He said he [...]