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Hinduism/ Vedas• Rig-veda (1500 BC) A Brief History of God

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Hinduism/ Vedas• Rig-veda (1500 BC) – Beliefs of the Indo-Europeans – 1028 hymns to a pantheon of gods – Hymn: exhortation + praise + request, the praise describing the mythology of the deity – Polytheism: gods are anthropomorphic, immortal and benign (except Rudra) – Sacrifice, prayer and ritual to please the deities – Aiming for a life of material pleasure (a utilitarian contract between the gods and the humans) 62

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