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21 07, 2017

The god Varuna – Hinduism – India

By |2017-07-21T13:25:30-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Monsoon rain (Goa) Around 1000 BC, in the Vedic period in India, Varuna was an important Hindu god. Varuna was originally a sky god - his name means "the one who covers everything." Often people think of Varuna as a rain god. He represented order in the universe (against the forces of chaos). Some parts of Varuna's identity, at [...]

21 07, 2017

What’s the Rig Veda? Hinduism – India

By |2019-02-12T09:56:31-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

The Rig Veda in Sanskrit (from the 1800s AD) What is the Rig Veda? 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. Vedic India  More about Hinduism Indian religion All our India articles [...]

21 07, 2017

Indra, god of rain – Ancient India

By |2019-09-17T07:20:17-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Indra, 4-5th c. AD (Mathura, India)   Who was Indra? In the earliest Hindu stories that we know of, from the Rig Veda, Indra is the ruler of the Hindu gods, the way Zeus is the ruler of the Greek gods, or Thor the ruler of the German gods. These stories probably go back at least to about 1000 BC. [...]

21 07, 2017

What is Hinduism? A religion of India

By |2019-09-18T07:44:50-07:00July 21st, 2017|India|2 Comments

Hinduism: Arjuna fighting Karna, with Krishna as his charioteer (Duttapara Temple, ca. 1500s AD) What does "Hindu" mean? The word Hindu comes from the river Indus. So it just means the people who live near the Indus river (actually in modern Pakistan). Indian environment Religions of India All our India articles Harappans and Hinduism [...]

21 07, 2017

How Ganesh cursed the Moon – Hinduism – India

By |2019-07-01T21:27:44-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|0 Comments

Ganesh cursed the moon (Musee Guimet, Paris, from Tamil Nadu, ca. 1500 AD) Narada offered a sacrifice 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. Who is Ganesh? [...]

16 07, 2017

Who is Zeus? Ancient Greek gods

By |2018-04-23T13:52:31-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

The god Zeus is the lightning and the thunder Zeus was, for many people in ancient Greece, the king of the gods. Homer shows Zeus this way in the Iliad, for example. But mainly, Zeus is a sky god. People thought of him as living on top of a mountain (Mount Olympus). When he is angry he throws lightning bolts out [...]

12 07, 2017

Who is Dionysos? Ancient Greek gods

By |2019-05-09T05:06:27-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

The god Dionysos is the god of wine and grapes What is Dionysos the god of? For the Greeks, Dionysos was a fertility god like Demeter. But while Demeter was the goddess of dry things growing, like grain, Dionysos was the god of wet things growing. Who is Demeter? And Persephone? Wine and [...]