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n. Hinduism
One of the four ages constituting a cycle of history.

[Sanskrit yugam, yoke, pair, era; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Hinduism) (in Hindu cosmology) one of the four ages of mankind, together lasting over 4 million years and marked by a progressive decline in the vitality and morals of men
[C18: from Sanskrit: yoke, race of men, era; see yoke]
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(ˈyʊg ə)

n., pl. -gas. Hinduism.
1. an age of time.
2. any of four ages, each worse than the last, forming a single cycle due to be repeated.
[1775–85; < Skt]
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The Mahabharata and the Yugas: India's Great Epic Poem and the Hindu System of World Ages.
The yugas or "ages of the world" have long been a vibrant object of study for scholars of early Hinduism.
The substance of the book alternates between two approaches: attempts to draw distinctions between earlier and later passages in the Mbh, and focused analysis of specific passages dealing with the yugas and other aspects of the representation of time in the epic.
This then becomes an interpretative axiom in the study of the epic, because, as Gonzalez-Reimann writes, "The assumption that the influence of the Kali Yuga is an essential narrative element of the Mahabharata story is also shared by most scholars, who then seek to explain different components of the story through the gloomy background imposed on the Epic by the Kali Yuga" (p.
Gonzalez-Reimann's thesis is that "a careful analysis of the relevant Epic passages, as well as of other materials, points to a late superimposition of the yuga theory onto the epic poem....
In addition, apart from the use of kali as the name of a yuga and as one of the dice throws, both usages present in the Mbh, the word also often conveys the sense of 'misfortune, discord, conflict', all of which apply to the general context of the action in the Mbh.
According to Hindu mythology, the time of the universe is divided into four sections or "Yuga." These four yugas are Sathya yuga or Kreta yuga, Treta yuga, Dwapara yuga and Kali yuga.