- What is the origin of the Hindu religion?
- Hans-Georg Lundahl
- Studied religions as curious parallels and contrasts to Xtian faith since 9, 10?
- Written just now
- A tentative Christian answer.
Not claiming this is THE answer of Christianity about it, just one possible (I have seen other ones).
Before the Flood, there was a state founded by Cain. The land of it was called Nod and his son and the capital called after his son was Henoch.
The last thing the Bible tells us, we have two wives of Lamech and Tubalcain with one and Jabal and Jubal with other.
In Mahabharata, we have two sets of cousins, fighting each other. I think the Kauravas are sons of Tubalcain, the Pandavas possibly of Jabal, if Jubal (who invented flute playing) is Krishna.
The war involved very bad deeds “so that the good could not be dsitinguishe from the bad” before it was ended. And yet, it was worth remembering.
The Bible resumes it (and other worse things) under “all flesh had corrupted its way over Earth”.
The flood wiped it out. Survivors : Noah and his family, who were not Nodians, but of Sethite tribe. His three sons married, and Cham married a Nodian, probably Noema, daughter of Lamech, who invented textiles. The other two wives are not so important to origin of Hinduism.
The Chamites after the Flood preserved Mahabhrata lore as the family history of their mother.
One Chamite, Nimrod, became a world dictator, tried to build a “Tower of Babel” (whatever that is) and failed.
After his failure, one Chamite tribe after another got to countries far from each other.
I think Hindoos originated in such as had a nostalgia for Mahabharata lore and who also hated what Nimrod had become.
He was not always bad, I think Josephus says how he defended his brothers (one of them called in the Bible very roughly Rama), and I think Ramayana could be giving some detail. Not sure if Nimrod as young in Ramayana is Hanuman or Nala or both.
But the people who loved recalling Mahabharata and what good Nimrod had done to them when he was young (yes, I am speaking of the Chamites of Rama’s tribe!) also hated what he had become, and atheist claiming or accepting to be worshipped as a god and showing off divinity in more and more ruthless slave hunt.
The tribe of Rama partly forgot the Hebrew truth about God. They also willingly forgot both Flood (though not succeeding quite) and Tower of Babel. They retained less than the full truth about what God is, they also retained the memories of Mahabhrata and Ramayana (though these poems were later and were contaminated by their errors), and built a new identity around these, somewhat between the worst idolatries of Nimrodian type and the Hebrew truth.
I suppose the language of the tribe of Rama was originally something like Tamil, while Aryan language was imported somewhat later by either the Japhethite tribe of Madan (related to Medo-Persians in whom Medians would be the most pure version of tribe of Madan), or a tribe having lived on Crete, the Caphthorim, one which was Chamite.
But this is not important.
What is more important is that they identified memories of Nod with India - and geographically I think they were right. I also think the hero Bharat is a mixted memory of two heros Henoch in the Bible : the son of Cain who founded a city in Nod, the son of Jared who was lifted up to Heaven.
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