The truth is by historic as well as legal definition Hinduism represents all the native faiths that originated in India, except Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.
Going by this definition, whatever faith or religion the Indus people practiced automatically falls under purview of Hinduism, and thereby becomes the earliest known, historic aspect or tradition of Hinduism or Sanatana Dharma.
When someone is travelling to another place, people may say, "He is going to a 'ur' or 'uru.'" If they do not know where he is going and want to know, they may ask "which 'ur' are you going?
" Hundreds and perhaps thousands of place names in the southern states of India also end with the suffix "ur" or "uru" such as Bangalore (pronounced as Bangalur), Mysore, Belur or Tanjore (pronounced as Tanjaur) or Chittoor (pronounced as Chittur).
Currently, people who speak Dravidian languages, namely Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam are located in south India.
It is believed that these languages originated independent of Sanskrit, which is believed to be the offshoot of the same stock of languages that gave birth to Greek, Latin, German, French, Russian, English and other Indo-European languages.
They would prefer to begin with Vedism or Shaivism.
In doing so, they miss an important and unmistakable point regarding the very identity and definition of Hinduism and how it emerged as a major world religion.
Outwardly, the Sivalingam is a sexual symbol depicting the union of male and female genital organs.
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But we do not know whom they actually worshipped using the fertility symbols.
The earliest archaeological evidence of Sivalingam dates back to 2nd Century BC.
According to another view, the Indus people were probably Aryans, whose civilization was a precursor to the Vedic civilization that was established in India by a subsequent wave of Vedic Aryans. Some historians also suggested that the people of Indus valley probably shared an affinity with the ancient Egyptians and other African cultures.