Terms and Questions:

Hinduism: Ways of Ritual Action and Early Vedic Religion


1.    Veda

2.    Aryans

3.    Cosmology

4.    Cosmogony

5.    Rigveda

6.    Purusha Sukta

7.    The four castes





1.    Describe and compare the three cosmogonies: The Purusha Sukhta, the Hymn of Origins, and the myth of Indra and Vrtra.  How do they relate to India’s question of “the one and the many”?

2.    How were the early Vedic texts

3.    What was the purpose of the sacrifice at the beginning of the early Vedic period?

4.    Describe the two central dimensions of early Vedic traditions, as presented in class