Hinduism: The Ancient Texts and Artistic Endeavors of India

1801 Words Jan 26th, 2018 7 Pages
Hinduism’s history begins several thousands of years ago, as the nomadic Aryan peoples, sweeping in from the northern Hindu Kush Mountains, alternately clashed and mingled with the local Dravidian people with their downward migration; this Indo-Aryan synthesis, centered on the sacred Vedas scriptures of the Aryans, led to the development of a new religious tradition that would prevail for thousands of years: Hinduism (Lockard 50). Thus, the ancient texts and artistic endeavors of India tended to reflect the religion that dominated the subcontinent for centuries. Hinduism emerged as a muse for scholarship, literature, and higher learning in ancient India, as evident by the gamut of wall murals, carvings, and essays about karma, dharma, and the Vedic deities. However, it would false to make erroneous assumptions that Hinduism was the only factor contributing to ancient Indian education, for Buddhism managed to extend its influence on learning as well. Even though it emerged during a time where written literature in India was already established, Buddhism managed to impact the styles of language and literature of India through the sermons, sayings, talks, and later thoughts recorded by…