Brahmanism

Brahmanism

[brah-muh-niz-uhm]
noun
1.
the religious and social system of the Brahmans and orthodox Hindus, characterized by the caste system and diversified pantheism.
2.
the Hinduism of the Vedas, Brahmanas, and Upanishads.
Also, Brahminism.


Origin:
1810–20; Brahman + -ism

Brahmanist, noun
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Brahmanism or Brahminism (ˈbrɑːməˌnɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism, characterized by diversified pantheism, the caste system, and the sacrifices and family ceremonies of Hindu tradition
2.  the form of Hinduism prescribed in the Vedas, Brahmanas, and Upanishads
 
Brahminism or Brahminism
 
n
 
'Brahmanist or Brahminism
 
n
 
'Brahminist or Brahminism
 
n

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brahmanism

religion of ancient India that evolved out of Vedism. It takes its name both from the predominant position of its priestly class, the Brahmans, and from the increasing speculation about, and importance given to, Brahman, the supreme power. Brahmanism is distinguished from the classical Hinduism that succeeded it by the enhanced significance given in classical Hinduism to individual deities, such as Siva and Vishnu, and to devotional worship (bhakti).

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