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The Brahmanic Age is a very important part in Indian Mythology; it is the time when Hinduism evolved. During the end of the Vedic period, most of the gods became more elaborate rather than just simple. They got more myths, which personalized them. All of the gods took up the activities of others and there wasn’t much difference between them. None of the old gods became a supreme lord. During the whole controversy, the power of the priest (Brahmins) grew stronger. The beliefs during the Brahmanic Age were that everything was an unending cycle which had both creation and destruction. The cycle is 100 years in Brahma. One day in Brahma is equal to 4,320,000,000 years on earth. This is divided in to a thousand ages, Mahayugas. Each one of those is then divided in to four ages. They are Kritayuga, Tretayuga, Dwaparayuga, and Kaliyuga. During the Kritayuga, it is a golden age which lasts 1,728,000 years. The people are happy and healthy. They are contented and virtuous. The god of justice and duty, Dharma, walks on four legs. They worship a white deity. The Tretayuga lasts 1,296,000 years. The people are less happy and less virtuous. Most people follow their duty, but are sometimes quarrelsome. Dharma has three legs. The wrong doers are out numbered by Brahmins. They worship a red deity. In the Dwaparayuga, people are only half virtuous. Dharma has only two legs. This age last 864,000 years. The people are discontent and lying. Many people still follow the right path. They worship a yellow deity. The Kaliyuga lasts 432,000 years. The majority of men are slaves. The women are shallow and have too many children. The people are wicked and beggars. The cities are filled with thieves. Dharma has one leg. The only way they could end their miseries is with Kalki, the destroyer. They worship a black deity. After that, the destruction begins. There is a drought for 100 years. Seven suns appear and drink the remaining water. The land is swept by fire which consumes the earth and then the underworld. Then clouds with lightning burst raining for 12 years. Brahma is contained within a lotus and absorbs the wind. The gods and mortals are temporarily reabsorbed in to Brahma. There are many myths of about the cycle of creation. One of them is Brahma awakens and is afraid because he is alone. This is why people are afraid when alone. Then, he realizes that he is the only one so there is nothing to fear, but then he is also discontent. This is why people are unhappy alone. Brahma splits in to two, one male, one female. They became wed and bore offspring. They then became pairs of all kinds of animals and produced offspring.

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By Jesse beau Gotauco

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