Why don’t we have Hindu scriptures?

Triple face palm … you’re welcome

What comes to my mind...

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For those who can’t read the text, it says:

Because the Bible is written in American and all that… but then we learned in History class that the Indians came in America first so why don’t we have Hindu scriptures?

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  1. Because this is such a silly question, I may as well quote “wiki” rather than trying to answer it myself. Even though it’s a polytheism (much in the same way many would argue the Christian concept of “father, son and holy ghost sounds polytheistic…), it still has distinct scriptures.

    There are two types of Hindu texts: Hindu religious texts and Hindu classical texts. Conventionally, Hindu literature group into two categories: Shruti – that which is revealed and Smriti – that which is learned. The Vedas constituting shruti, are considered divinely revealed and are thus sacred scripture. Later texts, like the various shastras, itihaasas, and Puranas form smriti. Even though the Bhagavad Gita is a part of the Mahabharata (Itihaasa) and thus a smriti, it is considered to be a shruti text by most Hindus today. All shruti scriptures are composed in Sanskrit.

    There are four vedas (Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda) and each veda has four types of texts associated with it: Samhita (veda proper), Brahmanas, Aranyakas and Upanishads. Usually, there are more than one shakha (recension) of a single samhita. For example, Yajurveda has two: shukla Yajurveda and krishna Yajurveda. Sometimes the materials are mixed. For example in the krishna Yajurveda the samhita verses are interspersed with the brahmana material. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad is considered as both an aranyaka as well as an upanishad.

    • I can tell that the triple face palm hit you pretty hard 😉
      You’re welcome!

      • I’m not exactly sure which is funnier. The original silly, nonsense question, or the one who explained to us, very casually, that there are actually Hindu scriptures.

        • In the land of the free, it might be necessary to explain it. There are some gun toting republicans in this place that think there is only one set of holy texts. Sad but true.

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