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Causes for the emergence of new religions

  • Complications and ritualism in Hinduism
  • Vedic religion had become complex and degenerated into superstitions, dogmas and rituals.
  • The sacrifices prescribed by the Vedas became complicated.
  • The Vedic mantras were complicated and went beyond the understanding of common man.
  • The supremacy of the Brahmans created unrest. They no longer led pure and holy life.
  • All the sacred Vedic texts were written in Sanskrit which was the language of the elite and not the masses.
  • The masses could connect with the new sects as Mahavira and Buddha spoke to them in their language.