Revisiting the Origins and Elements of the Hinduism Religion

Revisiting the Origins and Elements of the Hinduism Religion

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  • Date Submitted: 03/07/2010 4:50 PM
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Doryanne Evans

Axia College University of Phoenix

Hinduism is thought to be the oldest religion in the world and has no founder or a known time when it came to be. Hinduism has many beliefs and many ways of worship, as there are many different religious groups in the society. Hindus worship one or more gods that are known as deities. As of today Hinduism is said to be the third largest religion in the world. Hinduism is not just a religion but a way of life.

Hindus believe in reincarnation which is the belief that a soul leaves from one body and enters another. They believe in the continuous circle of birth, death, and rebirth. Another important part of the Hindu way is Karma in which the belief is everything that we do comes back to us whether good or bad. They believe that we reap what we sow not only in life but after death as well. If you are good or evil in life you will also be the same in the next life.

Almost all Hindus who are practicing follow on the heels of a guru, which is also called a spiritual teacher. A guru helps guide, gives advice, and leads by example for those who are searching for enlightenment or realization. Most homes in India have a spiritual room that is for worship. They also have shrines in their homes with statues and pictures of different deities. Practicing Hindus believe in truth and non-violence.

An important part in Hinduism is its demand for vegetarianism. Cow’s give milk which is used in many Indian dishes also provides protein cow dung is used for cooking and heating as well as some types of medicine. The bulls work the fields so that food can be grown.

The original form of the caste system was very effective as it made sure that everyone worked together in an organized way. The caste system was based upon the social status of a person and was determined at birth. The highest level on the caste system was the priests while the lowest was called the untouchables...

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