Hinduism

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Hinduism

Hinduism

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Brief History

Hinduism is considered to be the oldest religion because it is based on Sanātana Dharma “the Eternal Law,” considered as the origins of human life. Traditions from Hinduism developed in 2000 BCE in the Indus Valley. The cities in this valley started to develop traditions that faded in 1500 BCE and it became Hinduism. Hinduism originated in India. There are 30 million Hindus that live outside of India. There are a total of 900 million Hindus worldwide. Hinduism began when the first human migrants came to India from Africa 70,000 years ago.

Hinduism is the most dominant religion in Asia, especially India. More than 80% of India’s population is Hindu. There is in total around 1 billion Hindu people around the world. Hinduism is based on Brahmanism and on several Indian cultural traditions. The traditions in Hinduism are very ancient, they go back several thousand years. Hinduism has no founder but combines different traditions to make Hinduism. Hinduism has different kinds of sacred texts that were written in the language called Sanskrit. The sacred texts talk about the history and the traditions and rules that Hindus follow. Some of these texts are poems and tales. The biggest sacred text is the Vedas, it is also the oldest text and most important text in Hinduism. Hindus believe that the Vedas were orally revealed by Brahma to some sages and then it was orally past through generation because they were not aloud to write it down.

In Hinduism, there is one soul/god that they believe in and that they worship. This god is called Brahman. The Hindus believe that Brahman takes many forms. They beieve religion is more something that deals with practices over beliefs. That it depends more on what you will do in life, compared to what you believe or have faith in. Hindus also have three practices that they do. The first practice is Worship (Puja). The second practice is Cremation. The third practice is Complying With the Caste System.

Deities and Practices

Symbols

The most important symbols in Hinduism is “aum.” This is the main symbol of this religion. The symbol is called this because it is the sound heard from the deepest meditation and it is said that it is the name most suited for god. There are also other symbols in Hinduism like “ bindi”. A bindi is the “dot” worn on the forehead of a woman when she is married or if she will marry.

The Afterlife

In Hinduism, the Hindus do not believe in a specific afterlife, but they believe in reincarnation. They believe that the soul is eternal, and that the soul lives in different bodies, one after another. They believe that a soul can be in any body, such as a human, plant or animal. They also believe in Karma, and this relates to reincarnation. In Hinduism, they believe that if the soul in a specific body does good, and does pure acts, then that soul can reincarnate into a higher level after it’s body has died. And if a soul does bad things, then the soul will reincarnate into a lower level. This means that Hindus strive to live a better life than the one they lived before, so that they can reincarnate into a higher level, so they all try to live good lives.


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