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Ancient Hinduism

The Caste System was a system in Ancient India that divided people by their place in it. The caste system had 5 levels and lower levels were less important than the one before it. The caste system was set up by the rich families in ancient India. This caused it to be impossible to get a better life than you had, and the rich families would always be rich.

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Ancient Hinduism

There were 4 ancient Deities in ancient India, Shaiva, Vaishnava, Shakta, and Smarta. Hindus are polythesist and belive that there are many deities. Those deities are worshipped by most Hindus. Usually Hindus worship one, but not all the deities.



Dharma is a religious law in ancient Hinduism that applies to everyone. Depending on your class, you follow a different path of Dharma. Dharma has many values including truthfulness and generosity. Dharma is considered the univeral truth among Hindus.

Ancient Buddhism

Karma is when you believe that whatever actions you do in this life will effect you in your next life. (Hinduism belived in reincarnation). Karma also helps explain why bad luck seemed to happen to good people because they did something bad in one of their previous lives. Even the gods can not effect this cycle. If someone was bad in a previous life, they might be born in bad conditions.

The background of Buddha

The Story of Buddha

The royal life

Buddha's Experience as an ascetic

The transformation of buddha

The eightfold path

Hinduism is a religion believed in around the world with over 1,000,000 followers. Hinduism was made into its modern form around 2000 B.C.E. in India. It was not created however, but evolved from other religions in Ancient India. Hinduism is also polythestic and belive in forces called karma and dharma.

Buddha was born in 624 B.C.E. in Lumbini. His name was Buddha Shakyamuni and he was born into the royal family. His father, the king, was told if he never saw old age, death, desease and hunger, he would be a great emperor. Otherwise, he would become a wandering religious man. His father protected him from the bad things of life until one day he heard mysterious music. He asked his father if he could see the world outside the palace he had spent his whole life in. They had a parade in the streets but only had young and healthy people attend. However, he saw an old man through a crack in the street. They were taken away by guards, but Buddha chased after them. As he chased them through the streets he saw death, desease and hunger and left the royal family to be a holy man. He joined a religious group who tried to reach enlightenment by barely keeping themselves alive. He then overheard a fisherman talking about balance and realized enlighenment was the middle path. Don't be rich or poor, be the average person.

The eightfold path is made up of 8 parts, each of them telling you one way to live your life. The eight noble truths are right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right liveliehood, right effort, right mindfullness, and right concentration. Each of these bring you closer to enlightenment. To reach enlightenment, you must do all of them correctly.


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