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 (brä′mə-nĭz′əm) also Brah·min·ism (brä′mĭ-)
n. Hinduism
1. The religious practices and beliefs of ancient India as reflected in the Vedas.
2. The social and religious system of orthodox Hindus, especially of the Brahmins, based on a caste structure and various forms of pantheism.

Brah′man·ist n.


(ˈbrɑːməˌnɪzəm) or


n (sometimes not capital)
1. (Hinduism) the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism, characterized by diversified pantheism, the caste system, and the sacrifices and family ceremonies of Hindu tradition
2. (Hinduism) the form of Hinduism prescribed in the Vedas, Brahmanas, and Upanishads
ˈBrahmanist, ˈBrahminist n


or Brah•min•ism

(ˈbrɑ məˌnɪz əm)

the religious and social system of the Brahmans, characterized by the caste system and diversified pantheism.
Brah′man•ist, n.

Brahmanism, Brahminism

the doctrines and practices of Brahmans and orthodox Hindus, characterized by the caste system, a diverse pantheism, and primary devotion to Brahma, the creator-god of the Hindu trinity.
See also: Hinduism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Brahmanism - the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism
Hindooism, Hinduism - the religion of most people in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal
2.Brahmanism - the religious beliefs of ancient India as prescribed in the sacred Vedas and Brahmanas and Upanishads
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
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I have shown elsewhere (Olivelle, forthcoming a) that the term dvija was a late introduction into the theological vocabulary of Brahmanism, probably in the first century B.
Arguably the most visible ruler of the Angkorian period, this king refocused the court religion to Mahayana/Tantric Buddhism from Shaivite Brahmanism (see Sharrock 2009), ordered the construction of numerous temples and vigorously expanded the empire to its zenith across much of mainland Southeast Asia (Coedes 1968: 167-77; Cunin 2004; Jacques 2007: 38-40).
In Brahmanism, we find the two deities, Shiva, who has three eyes and eight arms, and Vishnu.
While Brahmanism links the ultimate Brahman with the self, Buddhism's rejection of God is linked to the doctrine of anatman, the radical denial of self.
Yet, their religious beliefs and practices, based in fire and solar worship and the interminable battle of good and evil, as well as their Indo-Iranian linguistic heritage, bore temperamental and practical similarities to Vedic Brahmanism.
He adopts a regional perspective on the political status and social identity of Cannanore's Mappila Muslim trading community that aims to avoid what he sees as the essentializing approaches which stress the "great traditions" of Brahmanism and Islam exclusively.
The issue between social democracy and Brahmanism is not dissimilar to the one between Brahmanism and Buddhism.
Thai Buddhism is very colorful with the mixture of Animism, Brahmanism and Buddhism.
It is not the external conqueror that has proved the unmaking of India; India was self-conquered by caste and Brahmanism.
Bronkhorst (Greater Magadha) has argued that the historical evidence indicates that this area, which he calls "greater Magadha" did not see the entrenchment of Brahmanism until at least two or three centuries after the Buddha's death.
Focusing on the philosophical precepts of the texts, Ratie combines her discussion of the Pratyabhijna with comparisons to similar concepts in Buddhism and Brahmanism of the same era, demonstrating how the Pratyabhijna texts were composed in part in response to other local beliefs.
When the outcaste Kushans--or mlecha as Brahmins would name all foreigners (Auboyer 1961: 50)--arrived in Gandhara, it seems possible that their relation might have been more easily settled with Buddhism, since it had no concern with caste system as Brahmanism.