Roots of Religion: India – pt. 2 – Foundations of Hinduism (Episode #138)

What do Hindus believe? What rituals, traditions, and ethical principles does one follow as a Hindu? What does Hinduism say about the soul and spiritual enlightenment? We trace the development in ancient and classical India of the multi-layered and comprehensive philosophy of life that we today call Hinduism, from the ancient rites of the Vedas, through the dramatic epics of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, to the rise of the ecstatic musical and mystical worship of bhakti. Image: sculpture of Krishna defeating a horse demon, Gupta period.

Also see India — pt. 1: Creating Civilization in South Asia

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