Hinduism

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Hinduism

H I N D U I S M

The existence of Hinduism has lasted for over 4,000 years, making it one of the oldest religions of the world. Hinduism has been around for so long that it does not have an exact date of origin, and a founder is yet to be known. However, this missing information does not affect what Hinduism is and has become today. Hinduism has slowly developed over a long period of time. It was heavily influenced by the Aryans who took over the Indus River Valley around 1800 BC. Starting from polytheistic roots, Hindus gradually began to believe in one divine force of the universe. The most important Hindu gods were Brahma, the creator god; Vishnu, preserver of the world; and Shiva, destroyer of the world. These three made up the Supreme triad. Indians had come to have a more personal connection and devoted themselves to Vishnu and Shiva. As time went on, the appeal of Hinduism grew more popular.

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By: Gabriel Argate

The Caste System is a class structure that is determined by birth. Loosely, it means that in some societies, if your parents are poor you're going to be poor, too. In India, it was a closed system, meaning you could not get out of the caste you were born in. Brahmans were considered the highest member of the caste system. They were made up of priests and nobles who were highly respected. There is also a title given to the poorest of the poor and were not even included in the caste system - the untouchables.

Reincarnation is the rebirth of a soul in a new body. It brings each Hindu inner peace and self-assurance. The soul takes up many lives while maturing, and if the soul is immature at birth, it has many opportunities to grow and learn from life lessons and experience.

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Vishnu

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Shiva

Dharma is the principle of cosmic order: the teaching or religion of the Buddha.

Atman is the spiritual life principle of the universe especially regarded as inherent in the real self of the individual.

Karma is the sum of a person's actions in this and previous states of existence.

Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline that includes breath control and meditation.


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