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1 the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism [syn: Brahminism]
2 the religious beliefs of ancient India as prescribed in the sacred Vedas and Brahmanas and Upanishads [syn: Brahminism]

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Built from brahmin, which is an anglicization of Sanskrit (or vernacular variants thereof). Introduced in 1816 as Brahmenism by George S. Faber (OED). Current spelling variants are Brahminism besides Brahmanism.

Proper noun

  1. The principles and religious practice of the Brahmins, aspects of Hinduism as practiced by the Brahmin caste of India.
  2. Historical Vedic ritualism, contrasted with Shramana traditions
    • 1972, Cromwell Crawford, review of L. M. Joshi, Brahmanism, Buddhism and Hinduism, Philosophy East and West:
      Alongside Brahmanism was the non-Aryan Shramanic culture with its roots going back to prehistoric times.

Extensive Definition

Brahmanism or Brahminism may refer to:
Brahmanism in Spanish: Brahmanismo
Brahmanism in Romanian: Brahmanism
Brahmanism in Russian: Брахманизм
Brahmanism in Slovak: Brahmanizmus
Brahmanism in Serbian: Браманизам
Brahmanism in Swedish: Brahmanism
Brahmanism in Turkish: Brahmanizm
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