Religion Based On The Art, Architecture And Texts

1525 WordsMar 2, 20157 Pages
Ancient India, from the earliest civilization to the turn of the common era, is so full of compelling arguments about what can be known about religion based on the art, architecture and texts we have available. Based on the existing art historical records dating between the 3rd century BCE and the turn of the common era, it can be known that religion drives people to make and have made, physical objects. If people put money into the creation of an object, it probably had a vital purpose to the everyday life in a place so saturated with religion. I feel it is safe to say, that a good number of the physical objects we have from this time period do indeed relate to religious practice in one way or another, in particular to the ritual activity…show more content…
Since the patterns of ritual repetition tend to stand out, even with limited material to pervade, I am choosing to focus on these ritual activities or repeated actions to aid in my illustrations. We can look at specific examples of ancient objects to tell us what people were probably doing and in turn see the very evolution of the nature of ritual. Ritual seemed to be a part of every individuals life in the Vedic traditions when people believed that ritual practices were so important that if they were not performed than the world would end. Because people needed a portable religion, the objects that were created as part of sacrificial ritual were destroyed in the practice and left where they lay. We see an extreme evolution of the material world around the turn of the common era in regards to the treatment of religious objects. We really don’t see permanence or evidence of organized religion until the organization of Buddhism. Before it was “Buddhism” it was the equivalent of a single piece of dust, an original pure thought. As more and more people wanted to buy the mindset the teachings had to offer and the reward of a better rebirth, the organization of people around these ideas began to solidify what would turn into a mansion from this single piece of dust. It is my observation that, ironically, the further we get to concrete organized religion the less grounded the actual beliefs, and the more
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