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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 [...]

Who is Lakshmi? Hindu goddess – India

By |2017-07-21T11:07:45-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|

Lakshmi (Sanchi Stupa, central India, 200s BC) Lakshmi was (and is) a Hindu goddess of light, wealth, good luck and success. Her name comes from the Sanskrit word laks, which can mean "light" or "goal". And that comes from an earlier Yamnaya word for "bright and shiny". There are statues of Lakshmi starting about 500 BC, but she probably became a [...]

Indra, god of rain – Ancient India

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

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. [...]

Indian religion – Ancient India

By |2019-09-14T08:10:19-07:00July 21st, 2017|India|

Indian religion: Lights of a Diwali celebration What are the main Indian religions? Three major world religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam - have been important in India. Hinduism started in India in the Stone Age. What is Hinduism? When did Buddhism start? When did Islam reach India? All our India articles Buddhism started in India and spread [...]

What is Hinduism? A religion of India

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

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 [...]

What is dharma? Hinduism – India

By |2019-05-07T07:12:30-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|

What is dharma? Arjuna fights Shiva (in a story from the Mahabharata) because that is his dharma Dharma is an Indian idea Dharma is a Sanskrit word originally meaning order or solidity or normality. It comes from an earlier Indo-European (Yamnaya) word meaning firm, solid, like wood or a tree. Who were the Yamnaya? What is [...]

History of India – Early South Asia

By |2017-07-20T11:54:00-07:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Clay figurines from Mehrgahr India was one of the first places people came to after they left Africa. They travelled along the coast around the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf. The first people probably arrived in India about 50,000 BC. They probably lived along the coast, and used small boats. They ate a lot of fish and shellfish, like [...]

Who were the Harappans? History of India

By |2019-09-14T06:38:23-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|

Harappan Seal Who were the Harappans? Around 4500 BC, some new people from West Asia moved into the Indus Valley and mixed with the Mehrgahr people who were already there. They brought some West Asian foods with them: lentils, and then later chickpeas. They also brought flax, to make linen clothing, and safflowers for their oil. And they brought, [...]

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 [...]

Who is Poseidon? Greek gods

By |2018-09-17T09:02:48-07:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

The god Poseidon rules the ocean Ocean god Poseidon The Greeks thought of the god Poseidon as a god of violent, unpredictable movement. He is most often the god of the ocean, which is of course the biggest, most unpredictable, and most dangerous thing around. Many Greeks spent a lot of time sailing on the ocean, and they paid [...]