transition from Vedic to Hindu religion

Luis Gonzalez-Reimann reimann at BERKELEY.EDU
Mon Jan 30 10:01:42 UTC 2012

This is a useful source on the topic:

Bhattacharji, Sukumari. 1970. The Indian Theogony: A Comparative Study 
of Indian Mythology From the Vedas to the Puranas. Cambridge: Cambridge 
University Press.

Luis González-Reimann

on 1/29/2012 7:20 PM Dean Michael Anderson wrote:
> I ran across some people on the internet the other day who insist that 
> the transition from the Vedic period to the early Hindu period 
> involved, not a transition, but a wholesale rejection of the Vedic 
> gods and their replacement with Hindu ones. They say the Vedic gods 
> are reviled in Hinduism.
> This goes against everything I know about this transition. It seems to 
> originate from some very early Indological writings by Western 
> scholars but they haven't been able to provide me with anything more 
> than a list of *possible* books -- Oldenberg, McDonnell, etc. -- no 
> page references.
> Does anyone know where this idea may have arisen? I can see how they 
> might have gotten this idea from the Buddhist/Jain texts or the later 
> Bhakti period but not about the development of early Hinduism.
> Also, can anyone provide me with a reference to succinct discussion of 
> the current scholarly position that I could pass on to them rather 
> than having to write something myself from the source texts?
> Best,
> Dean
> Dean Anderson
> East West Cultural Institute

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