The Vedas Facts, History and Information : Definition, Epic Works, Beliefs, Description
The Vedas Definition
A huge body of hymns, prayers, and incantations composed over a long period of time and known collectively as the Four Vedas - Passed down by generations by oral traditions. They are also the sacred books.
One of the Vedas is Yajurveda, which is a manual of sacrifice for the officiating priest
Contain charms and spells to cure illnesses, arouse passions or destroy enemies.
Contain poems and tales of Aryan deities
Two epic works developed from the Vedas.. These epics became religious guides and were the only Vedas' books the people were allowed to read.
Around 600 BC the Brahmanas were attached to the Vedas. They accord the priests supreme religious authority as well as special social, legal and economic privileges.
Challenges to the official religion came from other cults. Beliefs of these cults were assimilated into the mainstream religion.
The cow became a sacred animal. The god Varna became guardian of moral conduct and instilled fear into those who would violate ethical principles much like the God of the Hebrews.
Upanishads formed the final portion of the Beda. They taught the true knowledge satisfies the intellect and instills virtue. Evil is the fruit of ignorance. The main part of the teaching are: