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Sacred Texts
                                of
                              India
                                 Group...
The Vedas
• Most sacred of all literature.
• Revealed to humans directly by gods.
• Preserved orally for centuries and wri...
The Upanishads
• Serves as commentaries on or for
  philosophical extensions of the hymns.
• Sanskrit for “sit at the feet...
Mahabharata
• One of two great epics
  in Indian literature.
• Epic focuses on dharma
  (duties and obligations),
  karma ...
Bhagavad Gita
• Sanskrit meaning, “the song of the
  Lord”.
• Poem that makes up a small part of
  Mahabharata.
• Author o...
Panchatantra
• Collection of oral
  traditions that have
  been written down.
• Most famous of the
  two epics.
• Appeared...
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  1. 1. Sacred Texts of India Group #2, Pd. 5 Mike G. Jimmy B. Heather P. Katarina M. Brittany H. http://www.wayfaring.info/wp- content/uploads/2007/04/800px- neasden_temple_- _shree_swaminarayan_hindu_mandir_- _power_plant.jpg
  2. 2. The Vedas • Most sacred of all literature. • Revealed to humans directly by gods. • Preserved orally for centuries and written down 500 years ago. • Explain the meaning of rituals, how to perform them, and praise the gods. • Sanskrit for “wisdom”.
  3. 3. The Upanishads • Serves as commentaries on or for philosophical extensions of the hymns. • Sanskrit for “sit at the feet of”. • Name given to more than 100 texts that make up the last part of the Vedas. • Seen as records of conversations and discussions about most basic questions of existence.
  4. 4. Mahabharata • One of two great epics in Indian literature. • Epic focuses on dharma (duties and obligations), karma (actions effect next life), and reincarnation (rebirth after death). http://www.indolink.com/Kidz/Stories/ Mbharat1a.gif
  5. 5. Bhagavad Gita • Sanskrit meaning, “the song of the Lord”. • Poem that makes up a small part of Mahabharata. • Author of Bhagavad Gita is unknown. • Contains eighteen chapters. • Contains conversations between warrior, Arjuna and Krishna (God).
  6. 6. Panchatantra • Collection of oral traditions that have been written down. • Most famous of the two epics. • Appeared in 200 versions and in many different languages. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Se WLrZ7Znk

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