Buddhism Versus Brahmanism : The System Of Ideas, Beliefs, And Ritual Practices

1438 Words Oct 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Kaylee Yan
Asian 60W
Paper 2
Buddhism versus Brahmanism Brahmanism is the system of ideas, beliefs, and ritual practices associated with the social dominance of the Brahmas. The major source of the Brahmanical tradition is derived from the migration of Aryans into the Indian subcontinent around 2000 BC. Buddhism arose in the Eastern part of Ancient India based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama in the fifth century BC. Although Buddhism has absorbed some Brahmanical views of the world, the two schools of thought are also separated by major philosophical differences. The Brahmanical tradition places a heavy emphasis on the importance and use of sacrifice in communicating with numerous personified nature deities and establishes a hierarchal social class system, while Buddhist doctrines are primarily concerned with achieving awakening by following the eightfold path and the life of the Buddha; although Buddhist principles contain strong divergences from Brahmanism, both traditions believe in the ideas of karma and rebirth. Aryans brought religious concepts and naturalistic gods from Indo-European backgrounds across to India during their migrations. The agrarian lifestyle of Aryans led to the deification and personification of natural forces as a means of explaining cosmological and natural phenomenon. Brahmanism viewed the world as a series of natural forces and events that could explain the principles upon which to live and act. Vedic Aryans believed that the…

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