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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.
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(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
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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.
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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
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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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The term 'Hindutva' is alternatively used to signify a variety of the concepts such as 'Hindu Nationalism', 'Hindu Supremacism' and 'Brahmanism' in today's India.
In the wake of Aryan ascendancy Sanskrit was put on a high pedestal as a sacred language of Brahmanism spoken and used by elite scholars of upper castes.
In addition to examining various legal, didactic, and poetic texts from the traditions of Brahmanism, Buddhism, and Jainism, Upinder Singh surveys the epigraphic and numismatic records and political inscriptions and monuments, such as Ashokan edicts that proclaim the emperor's rejection of violence after a brutal military campaign, or hero-stones that commemorate the heavenly ascension of warriors slain in battle.
It is a collation of diverse traditions like Brahmanism, Tantra, Nath, Siddhanta, Shaiva, Vashanav and Bhakti among others.
For the purposes of this research, what is most notable about Brahmanism, as a philosophical system, is its grounding in the notion of pure consciousness.
In addition, other contemporary writers like Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Mahasweta Devi re-write the Mahabharata from the perspective of Draupadi, putting the emphasis on 'the feminine', stressing sensitivity and responding to the hegemonic power of Brahmanism, which through the official history of colonization has attributed to the feminine a considerable degree of passivity and weakness.
He decried the Hindu religion as "Brahmanism," asserting that its principal purpose is to uphold a flagrantly unjust system that sentences human beings to the bottom of the social ladder for life.
Inu said this is the land of pluralism where Sufism, Brahmanism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity flourished side by side.
The V-branch accounts' (narrative) affiliation with the Vedic versions of the Pururavas story and their repeated reference to Vedic ritual position them as Puranic fragments representing an "orthodox Brahmanism" that gains validity through recourse to Vedic texts and notions.
Kancha, Ilaiah, God as Political Philosopher: Buddha's Challenge to Brahmanism, Kolkata: Samya, 2004.