Hinduism

Daniel Lee, Nikhil Padmanabhan, Haris Rafiq

Origin and Overview of Hinduism

Origin: India

Basic Beliefs:

  • It is up to the individual to decide the best way to worship God
  • Various paths to reach God: path of knowledge, path of renunciation, path of devotion, and path of action
  • The path must be in harmony with your true nature
  • Vaishnavism: 70%: worships the god Vishnu, a loving god incarnated as Krishna
  • Sivaism: 25%: worships the god Sivaism, a protective and destructive god
  • Shaktism: dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva

Classification: Ethnic religion

Divisions: Saivism, Shaktism, Smartism, Vaishnavism

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Geographic Distribution

Diffusion:
  • Originated in India
  • Relocation Diffusion: Spread through missionaries to Southeast Asia

Holy Places: Temples are used for prayer, worship, and cleansing of the soul. The holiest temples are usually located near riverbanks and coasts.

Where It Is Practiced Today: India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United States

Unique Features

Key Figures

Important People

Religious Symbols

Aum chant

Holy Texts

Places of Worship

All of these temples have been there for at least 2000 years and are still standing and being used by Hindus today.
A Hindu Morning Ritual, Sakila's Puja
Impact on Social and Family Structures
  • Kids must respect parents and other elders
  • Parents and elders must build shrine in house and teach children about Hindu beliefs and values
  • Children should take care of parents when they are adults
  • Everyone should treat others with respect even if they don’t know them or the other person has harmed them in some way

Impact on Cultural Beliefs and Expectations

  • Everyone should treat others with respect even if they don’t know them or the other person has harmed them in some way
  • Promotes vegetarianism and to not partake in drugs and alcohol
  • Education is of utmost importance and should always respect the teachers and the textbooks

Why does Hinduism have so many followers despite being an ethnic religion?

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