Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Warfare (Hinduism)

  • Amitabh Vikram DwivediEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_125-1

Introduction

Hindu philosophy can best be understood when one regards Hinduism as a way of living a just life than simply a religion. For that reason, Hinduism is also known as Sanatan Dharma “the eternal law [7].” The basis of this concept finds its meaning in the word dharma which means “to bear”– to bear what is good and just while consciously being aware of the difference between good and bad. Interestingly, there is no notion such as “evil” in Hinduism as God is the container of all living creatures, and He cannot be a source of an evil entity. To consider Hinduism as a way of living is also supported by the fact there is no historical founder in this religion as we find in most of the world religions, such as Judaism, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, and Christianity.

Historical evidences indicate that the earliest followers of Hinduism were Rig Vedic tribes of Indo-Aryans who settled in ancient India between 2500 and 1500 BCE followed by their migration from Eurasia. In Rig Veda,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Humanities & Social Sciences – Languages & LiteratureShri Mata Vaishno Devi UniversityKatraIndia