The Mythological Thought of Rigveda


  • Cai Jing Huaqiao University, Xiamen, China



Mythological thought is a specific way of thinking in the history that human beings transit from the age of barbarism to the age of civilization. It reflects human beings’ divine experience on nature and life as a method for human beings to master and transcend the nature as well as  the interpretation of initial human society beyond humanism, which symbolizes the evolution of human thoughts from primitive thoughts to higher logic thoughts. The thinking mode and emotions of Indians are deeply rooted in religious views, which were even reflected in ancient Vedic period. Rigveda is a paean that was generated when Aryans fought against invasion by different races and the nature. Aryans on the grassland led a nomadic life in the vast world. They felt the spirits of all things due to worship of the nature so they were generous with worship of deities. After Aryans lived a stable life in the agrarian society, the mythological world of Aryans developed from polytheism to monolatry. In other words, it developed towards the world with fewer deities or the lord deity. With polytheism, their worship for deities was gradually improving simultaneously. As the origin of India religious culture, Rigveda has reflected various features of Indian’s mythological thought.


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How to Cite

Jing, C. (2018). The Mythological Thought of Rigveda. International Journal Online of Humanities, 4(4), 29–41.