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What’s the Rig Veda? Hinduism – India

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

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 [...]

Vedic expansion – history of India

By |2019-03-13T10:44:02-07:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Ganges river - wider and slower than the Indus Vedic people become more Indian After the Vedic people moved into the Ganges valley about 800 BC, they were further from West Asia and Central Asia and had less contact with their relatives there. Who were the Vedic people? Vedic architecture All our India articles Hinduism and the Mahabharata They [...]

Vedic India – history of India

By |2018-04-23T14:45:28-07:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Vedic India: A horse-drawn chariot from the Oxus Treasure (British Museum, thanks to Mary Harrsch) About 1500 BC, a new group of people seem to have come to India from the north-west: this time, they were the Yamnaya. The Yamnaya came from Central Asia, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. We also call these people [...]

Vedic architecture in India

By |2017-07-19T17:15:33-07:00July 19th, 2017|Architecture, India|

A barrel-vaulted thatched house in rural India today. After the collapse of the Harappan civilization about 2000 BC, for hundreds of years there were no more cities in India. Instead, people lived in small villages with wooden palisade fences around them. The fences kept their sheep in, and wild animals out. People's houses were different too. They built one-room cottages [...]