Evidence to suggest that Harappan people worshiped trees and animals

The Harappan Civilization is called so because the civilization was first unearthed at Harappa in the province of West Punjab in Pakistan. In 1862, Sir Alexander Cunningham noticed the traits of the cities. Later, while collecting bricks for the laying down of a railway line, the cities of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro were discovered. In 1921, Dayaram Sahni discovered Harappa and R. D. Banerjee discovered Mohenjodaro. The followings are the Evidence to suggest that Harappan people worshiped trees and animals.


Evidence to suggest that Harappan people worshiped trees and animals


The seals are a valuable source of information regarding the physical features of the people, their religious beliefs, etc. The designs on certain religious seals show that people worshiped trees and animals.

  • About 2,000 seals were discovered from the sites of Harappa and Mohenjo-daro.
  • Most of these seals were rectangular and square in shape. They bear the images of one-horned bull, goat, tiger, elephant and rhinoceros. The western part of the city was built on the higher platform known as citadel.
  • These seals reveal the trade, religious beliefs and script of the people. The seal with an image of pashupati show that perhaps people believed in lord Shiva.
  • Seals also tell us about the trading practices of the period. The discovered seals show that the Harappans were trading with other civilisations as many Harappan seals were found in Mesopotamia.

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