Societies and Beliefs of Early India, to 550 C.E. • The Indian Subcontinent • Harappan India: Early Indus Valley Societies • Vedic India: The Aryan Impact • The Religions of India • Post-Vedic India: Connections and Divisions • Indian Society and Culture
The Religions of IndiaA. Brahmanism 1. Samsara, dharma, and karmaB. Jainism: Reverence for All Living Things 1. Ahimsa and mokshaC. Buddhism: The Path to Inner Peace 1. Siddhartha Gautama 2. The Four Noble Truths 3. Appeal of Buddhism
The Religions of IndiaD. Hinduism: Unity and Diversity 1. Vedic origins 2. Hinduism and caste 3. Devotional practices
Hindu deities Vishnu and Lakshmi depicted in stone sculpture as sensuous lovers.