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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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For example Jainism and Buddhism originated as a reaction to the ritualistic Brahmanism.
The real objective of American imperialism, Zionism and Indian Brahmanism is to divide and weaken the world of Islam by promoting internal armed conflicts.
This awareness emerged partially in response to the Orientalist/Christian missionary attack on Islam and partially due to the high probability of domination of Hindu Brahmanism in an independent Hindu-majority united India.
As examples, Sorokin pointed to 5th-century Greece and 13th-century Europe, to Brahmanism in India, and to the creative genius of Mozart and Beethoven.
In this conflict at the heart of Indian civilization--that of Brahmanism and Vedism versus Buddhism--the latter's message points specifically to the possibility of breaking the cycle of reincarnations, of "breaking free from the wheel of life and death".
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Along with these earthly concerns, leaders who adopted Buddhism or Brahmanism could also now claim higher moral and ethical status, self-styling themselves as bodhisattvas or dhammarajas (a king who rules in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha).
Nor could religious conversion play a role, he points out, because one could not convert to Brahmanism.
In India, since antiquity, under the considerable influence of Brahmanism, people often committed suicide during certain religious holidays.
Political Brahmanism and the State: A Compositional History of the Arthasastra of Kautilya.