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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Brahmanism, Brahminismnoun

    the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism

  2. Brahmanism, Brahminismnoun

    the religious beliefs of ancient India as prescribed in the sacred Vedas and Brahmanas and Upanishads


  1. brahminism

    The historical Vedic religion (also known as Vedicism, Vedism or ancient Hinduism and subsequently Brahmanism or Brahminism) constituted the religious ideas and practices among some of the Indo-Aryan peoples of the northwest Indian subcontinent (Punjab and the western Ganges plain) during the Vedic period (1500–500 BCE). These ideas and practices are found in the Vedic texts, and some Vedic rituals are still practiced today. It is one of the major traditions which shaped Hinduism, though present-day Hinduism is markedly different from the historical Vedic religion.The Vedic religion developed in the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent during the early Vedic period (1500–1100 BCE), but has roots in the Eurasian Steppe Sintashta culture (2200–1800 BCE), the subsequent Central Asian Andronovo culture (2000–900 BCE), and the Indus Valley Civilisation (2600–1900 BCE). It was a composite of the religion of the Central Asian Indo-Aryans, itself "a syncretic mixture of old Central Asian and new Indo-European elements", which borrowed "distinctive religious beliefs and practices" from the Bactria–Margiana culture; and the remnants of the Harappan culture of the Indus Valley.During the late Vedic period (1100–500 BCE) Brahmanism developed out of the Vedic religion, as an ideology of the Kuru-Panchala realm which expanded into a wider area after the demise of the Kuru-Pancala realm. Brahmanism was one of the major influences that shaped contemporary Hinduism, when it was synthesized with the non-Vedic Indo-Aryan religious heritage of the eastern Ganges plain (which also gave rise to Buddhism and Jainism), and with local religious traditions.Specific rituals and sacrifices of the Vedic religion include, among others: the Soma rituals; Fire rituals involving oblations (havir); and the Ashvamedha (horse sacrifice). The rites of grave burials as well as cremation are seen since the Rigvedic period. Deities emphasized in the Vedic religion include Dyaus, Indra, Agni, Rudra and Varuna, and important ethical concepts include satya and ṛta.


  1. brahminism

    Brahminism is an ancient Indian religious tradition that eventually developed into Hinduism. The term is derived from its focus on the Brahmins, the priestly class in the traditional Hindu caste system, who performed religious rituals and interpreted sacred texts. Brahminism emphasizes the divine nature of Brahma, the universal spirit present in every person, the complex system of dharma, karma, and reincarnation, and the supreme ideal of attaining moksha or liberation from the cycle of rebirth. It is primarily entwined with the practices and beliefs described in the sacred texts like Vedas and Upanishads.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Brahminismnoun

    the religion or system of doctrines of the Brahmans; the religion of Brahma

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Brahminism

    the creed and ritual of the Brahmans, or that social, political, and religious organisation which developed among the Aryans in the valley of the Ganges under the influence of the Brahmans. According to the religious conception of this class, Brahma, or the universal spirit, takes form or incarnates himself successively as Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva, which triple incarnation constitutes a trimurti or trinity. In this way Brahma, the first incarnation of the universal spirit, had four sons, from whom issued the four castes of India—Brahmans, Kshatriyas, Vaisyas, and Sudras—all the rest being outcasts or pariahs. See Caste.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of brahminism in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of brahminism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7


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