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1. also Brah·ma (-mə) Hinduism
a. The divine and absolute power of being that is the source and sustainer of the universe.
b. The divine universal consciousness pervading the universe and sustaining the souls of individual persons; Atman.
c. A religious formula or prayer and the holy or sacred power in it and in the officiating priest.
2. Variant of Brahmin..
3. also Brah·ma (-mə) or Brah·min (-mĭn) Any of a breed of beef cattle developed in the southern United States from stock originating in India and having a hump between the shoulders and a pendulous dewlap. They can tolerate heat and are often used for crossbreeding.
Variant of Brahmin.

[Sanskrit brahma, brahmaṇ-. Senses 2 and 3, from Sanskrit brāhmaṇa-, Brahmanic, from brahmā, brahmaṇ-, Brahman; see Brahma1.]

Brah·man′ic (-măn′ĭk), Brah·man′i·cal adj.
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Daspupta's value-loaded notion of culture is founded, on the traditional Brahmanic ideology of the elitist world view as well as on the Victorian and modernist notions of culture reflected in both Mathew Arnold and Thomas Eliot.
The message is: You can't just sup with Jesus and sleep with the Brahmanic lot.
Alongside this, the various Brahmanic deities are also invoked to mark the end of their rainy season retreat--to welcome their powers back to the world.
for founding the Brahmanic ideology, in all its cultural perspectives, strongly against the voracity of Buddhism that had been swallowing up the Vedic heritage with its omnivorous spread all over the vast area of the sub-continent and with its daring jaws expanding much beyond it.
Different Buddhist transmitters were collecting and commenting on a wide array of teachings in the first five hundred years of Buddhism, and there was much cross- fertilization with Jaina and Brahmanic literature.
He cites recent archaeological evidence as well as indigenous histories and Chinese accounts to argue that the Pyu boasted an advanced urbanism, sophisticated irrigation networks, an Indic script, and an array of brahmanic and Buddhist practices sufficient to provide a civilisational model for the Burmans, who in fact may have been linguistically and ethnically related to their Pyu predecessors in the north.
The fact that lineage is traced to an ancient site is suggestive of patterns which Ashley Thompson has discovered in her study of wat from the Middle Period of Cambodian history (between the Angkorean and colonial eras); she often found them to be transformations of Brahmanic shrines from Angkorean times.
It is possible that Reameathipadei was seeking both personal reassurance and political security by allying himself with a non-Western religious tradition which he regarded as more vigorous than Cambodia's own Brahmanic and Buddhist legacy.
13); the "contested hierarchies" of Kathmandu Valley society, with the tantric blurring of the distinction between priest and layman, and the disconnect between brahmanic precept and actual practice in caste relations and the division of priestly labor (pp.
60) On a broader scale in some Brahmanic traditions, the power of gods (sakti) is embodied in the feminine principle.
Second, although these phantasmic forms are rudimentary, they symbolize complex religious ideas which evolved throughout the Brahmanic period.