Harapppas Case Study

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1. Hinduism has no founder, it evolved over time, starting with the Harappas around 2750-1500 BCE. First an indigenous group, known as the Indus Valley Civilization, was living in the Indus Valley. This group developed their own culture, traditions and rituals. Then, the Indo-European moved in and mixed their culture with the Indus Valley people overtime. Mixed together they become known as the Harappas, and their culture is the Harappa Culture. Then the Harappa’s are wiped out, however it is not know exactly what happened to them, although archeologists are believing it might have been caused by a drought. Around 2750-1500 BCE, a group known as the Aryans move down to the Indus Valley from East Asia. The Aryans find everything that the Harappas …show more content…
The Hindu’s have a caste system in their religion. It ranks from the highest in the system, to the absolute lowest. On top is the Brahmins. The Brahmins are priests or monks whose ethical duty is to teach lower classes to educate and read. In today’s world, a Brahmin might be a scholar or professor. Next is the Kshatriyas, who are the warriors of society. Their ethical duty is to protect everyone. Today Kshatriyas might be politicians, generals in the army, presidents. Third are the Vaishyas, who are the muscles of society. Their ethical duty is to produce for society. For instance, craftsmen, merchants and farmers were Vaishyas. However today Vaishyas might be engineers or owners of factories. All three of the classes mentioned are allowed to learn the Vedas. Next are the Shudras, who are low in the caste system, and are not allowed to learn the Vedas. They are the servants and laborers of society. Their ethical duty is to serve the upperclassmen. Although the Vaishyas are known as the muscles of society, it is really the Shudras who most of the physical work. Today Shudras might be waiters, housekeepers, landscapers, or taxi cab drivers. The Shudras were also not able to acquire power or accumulate wealth. They could not move up on the economic ladder. Lastly are the Untouchables, however they are not considered to be a class. The Untouchables, or Dalits, were responsible for doing all the dirty work. If they came into someone’s house, people would purify it. Their …show more content…
Women are not considered a separate class. A Hindu woman takes the class of her father, and when she marries she takes the class of her husband. It is believed that women cannot do anything individually. This was believed so much so that an ancient practice called The Practice of Sati used to exist where a widowed woman would throw herself onto the dead burning body of her husband and die with him. Women were believed to be nothing without a man. However, this practice was eventually outlawed. Although the women do not have to burn to death with their husbands anymore, they are still not treated as individuals when their husbands die. The widow gets treated as if she is being punished. She has to shave her head, and is taken in by her sons. Living with the son, the woman is treated like a child, and seen as a burden. A woman is never treated as her own individual. In childhood she is subject to her father, in youth she is subject to her husband, and if the husband dies, she is subject to her

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