Its characteristics included ritual sacrifice to many gods, especially Indra, Varuna, and Agni; social classes (varnas) that formed the basis of the caste system; and the emergence of the priesthood, which dominated orthodox Brahmanism from circa 900 bc. Transition to classical Hinduism began in about the 5th century bc.
- And in the same way we find lots of similarities between Vedic religion and the religion of the Homeric Greeks.
- The Vedic religion preserved the fire cult of the ancient inhabitants of Earth who gazed with awe at fire-seething volcanoes and brilliant streaks of lightning that ignited primeval forests into fast-spreading flames.
- Nevertheless, the ultimate goal of the sacrificial Vedic religion and the bhakti form of Hinduism, as practiced today, is the same.
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Syllabification: Ve·dic re·li·gion
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