Religions/Belief System Project

How do they live their life ?

-- Hinduism--

The religion of Hinfuism is originated in North India near the river Indus about 4,000 years ago and is the oldest existing religion. There is NO FOUNDER of Hinduism. The Hindus follows the caste system. The caste system is divided into hereditary, and occupation social groups there are five general orders, and is come from Lighter skinned Aryans who invaded India and used the caste system to keep themselves in the higher castes, and the native Dravidian and Tamil people in the lowest castes, or Dalit The Untouchables. At the very top of the caste system we have Brahmins, the Brahmins are the priests and also scholars. Second group of people in the caste would be the Kshatriyas, they are the warriors, soldiers, and rulers. Below the Kshatriyas is the Vaisyas, they include people such like the skilled traders, merchants, professionals, and minor officials. Keep in mind these top 3 caste are all Aryans. Next group is the Sudras who are unskilled workers, laborers, and servants. Last group comes the Harijans. They're not part of the caste system, they are the outcastes or they call it the "Untouchables", or "Children of God", this group that could only hold certain, often unpleasant jobs. They would call them the untouchables because anyone in the caste system couldn't have any type of social relationships or any relationships at all.
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The movement of Hindu are India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Indonesia. A brief code of conducts for the Hindus are Noninjury, by not hurting people with your thoughts. Truthfulness would be another, which is no lying and always telling the truth. Nonstealing, not being a thief. Divine Conduct, such as being faithful in relationships and marriage. Patience, restraining intolerance with people and impatience with circumstances. Steadfastness, achieving goals with prayer, purpose and plan. Honesty, not deceiving others. Purity, having a healthy body. Giving, being generous to others.Worship, cultivate devotion through daily worship and meditation.
Instrumental - Gayatri Mantra (Flute,Sitar & Santoor)
Accomplishing the Hindus idea will result in Reincarnation. Reincarnation is when the living dies, its soul moves into another human being or animal another way it could be said is the soul is reborn in a newly created life. Only wise people such as following the Dharma gets reborn into something else. They choose either to live happy or unhappy in their next life by the way they're currently acting in their life right now. Moksha is is the final resting place, this will only happen when a person behaves well through an unknown number of reincarnations til the Moksha is reached. In order to desire Moksha because the soul will be free of all the pain which life brings. After going through Karma ( what goes around comes around. Either good or bad deed) , Dharma, reincarnation, Caste System, the soul will be rested.

How does Hinduism affect the daily lives of its followers ?

This affects Hinduism's followers in many ways, it could be good and bad. It helps the followers do good deeds, telling the truth, respect and such. It also encourages people to do good so they won't suffer later on. The bad way it affects the follower's of the Hinduism is that how the separate people by skin color and how they can't be in contact with the "Untouchables".
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Hindus' holy book is called the Vedas, its is written in the Sanskrit. The vedas scriptures guide Hindus in their daily life. They also help to preserve the religious dimensions of family and society.
Buddha and Ashoka: Crash Course World History #6

--Buddhism --

The founder of Buddhism is Siddhartha Gautama, Siddhartha was born around 563 BCE, his name means "the one who brings all good". He went out of his perfect family and life to see people being depressed, staved with no food, old age, sickness, and death. He became to meditating under a tree. Buddhism was founded in northeastern India by Prince Siddhartha in the sixth century B.C.
The Story of Buddha

The Four Noble Truths is Siddhartha's ideas that life is filled with suffering because people have selfish desires. These desires can be overcome by following the Eightfold Path. Buddha's four noble truths include; 1). Life has inevitable suffering 2). There is a cause to our suffering 3). There is an end to suffering 4). The end of suffering is contained in the Eightfold path.

Buddhism includes the Eight Fold Path, the eight fold path is a guide for behavior or; 8 ways to end one's suffering. The eight fold path involves have the;

  • Right thought: Determining and resolving to practice Buddhist faith.

  • Right understanding: Understanding that the Four Noble Truths are noble and true.
  • Right speech: Avoiding slander, gossip, lying, and all forms of untrue and abusive speech.
  • Right conduct: Adhering to the idea of nonviolence (ahimsa), as well as refraining from any form of stealing or sexual impropriety.
  • Right means of making a living: Not slaughtering animals or working at jobs that force you to violate others.

  • Right mental attitude or effort: Avoiding negative thoughts and emotions, such as anger and jealousy
  • Right mindfulness: Having a clear sense of one’s mental state and bodily health and feelings.
  • Right concentration: Using meditation to reach the highest level of enlightenment.
In Buddhism, Enlightenment is when a Buddhist discovers the truth about life and ceases to be reborn. Bodhi means Enlightenment. You can become Enlightened by following the Middle Way. The Middle Way is the conduct of life by a religious person in such a way as to avoid the extreme of luxury and asceticism.
The final resting place for buddhism is called Nirvana. Nirvana is the ultimate goal releasing a person from selfishness and pain. Nirvana is achieved after the four noble truth and the eightfold path after reincarnations after reincarnations.
Buddha Dreamer - Relaxing ZEN Music - ☯ ZEN MUSIC ☯
Buddhism spread through Ceylon, Burma, Nepal, Tibet, central Asia,China, and Japan are just some of the regions where the Middle Path was widely accepted.

How does practicing this religion affect the daily lives of its followers ?

- Buddhist followers all follow an eternal goal of being enlightened and thus while doing it must follow the Four Noble truths and the Eightfold path, this meaning the have to have right understanding, thought, speech, action, livelihood, effort, mindfulness and contemplation. To people that are not Buddhists but use some of its practices say that it helps them focus better through the day and truly listen when people are talking.

-- Judaism --

Moses was the main founder of Judaism, but it goes as far as Abraham. Moses led the people out of Egypt (Exodus). Exodus is Moses' movement of the people out of Egypt. Judaism is found in Israel around 4000 years ago. The holy land of the jews is Palestine.
Moses and the Passover Story - The Kids Version
Judaism belief in only one god which makes Monotheism. Covenant was something Abraham did with the god. (Covenant; a agreement between god and the people) Tarah is Judaism's holy book filled with sacred writings. They do not celebrate Christmas but however the do celebrate hanukkah. Israel nation created after WWII as a home of the Jews.
The Ten Commandments were laws given by God to Moses and then shared with the people who left Egypt. Although there were more than ten commandments but these are the main ones.

  • I am the Lord thy god, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

  • Thou shalt not covet anything that belongs to thy neighbor

  • Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbor.

  • Thou shalt not steal.

  • Thou shalt not commit adultery.

  • Thou shalt not murder.

  • Honor thy father and thy mother.

  • Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.

  • Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

  • Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.

Judaism believes in both Olam HaBa, the world to come, and Tehiyat HaMetim, the resurrection of the dead in messianic times. One of the Thirteen Principles of Faith is, "I firmly believe that there will be a revival of the dead", but to Maimonides, Olam HaBa and Tehiyat HaMetim are separate stages. After a period in Olam HaBa, he says, the soul will rejoin its body; then everyone will die again, and the soul will survive.
Jewish Music - Hava Nagila

How does practicing this religion affect the daily lives of it followers ?

By being Jewish means we are a member of a tribe that is centered around the worship of G-d and G-d alone. We have faith in G-d and His covenant that Jews will always survive. As Jews we are obligated to do charitable things, even those who depend on charity to survive (there is always someone worse off than yourself). We are obligated to help repair the world and await the Messiah/Messianic age.


Confucianism is created by Confucius. Confucius is who wrote the Analects and believed that following the Five Relationships and Filial Piety would result in social order. Filial Piety is the respect for parents and elderly. Confucianism is located in Eastern Asia. It is practiced in China, Korea,Vietnam, Taiwan, and the Chinese and Vietnamese diasporas. Confucianism began in China during Confucius's lifetime between 551 and 479 B.C. The philosopher Confucius (or Kongzi, c. 551 to c. 479 BCE) is the recognized founder of Confucianism, also referred to as the Ru-jia doctrine or School of Literati as it is known by Western scholars. Confucianism spread all over China and neighboring countries, such as Vietnam, Korea, and more forcibly onto Japan. Confucianism spread very quickly for many reasons. One of the reasons is the popularity of Confucius.
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    Confucianism, also known as Ruism, is a system of philosophical and "ethical-sociopolitical teachings" sometimes described as a religion.

The Four Books are:

    - Lun Yu (Analects) of Confucius
    - Chung Yung (Doctrine of the Mean)
    - Ta Hsueh (Great Learning)
    - Meng Tzu (Mencius)
Confucius & Confucianism

Philosophy with a naturalistic idea of how people should live their lives. Tao means "The Way". It teaches that nature has a "way" in which moves and that people should passively accept the "way" of nature rather than resisting it.

Filial Piety shows the Five Relationships which is showing respect to one's elders

1) Ruler to Subject
2) Father to Son
3) Elder Brother to Younger Brother
4) Husband to Wife
5) Friend to Friend

Legalism is a belief that government should use the law to end civil disorder and restore harmony. Believed rulers should not provide rewards for those who followed orders and severely punish those who do not follow the laws.

Confucius Says [孔子曰] by Roman Tam [孔子曰]
Yin & Yang

The symbol of yin and yang is two powers that represent the balance of nature.

How does practicing this religion affect the daily lives of its followers ?

Confucius had a great impact on the Chinese civilization. His teachings relating to ethics, honor, social responsibility, familial obligations, respect, ancestor worship, and its observation of rites and historical precedence provide the glue that gives the Chinese civilization continuity and durability.

-- Christianity --

Christianity is a religion created by Jesus Christ. Their holy book is called the "Bible". Christianity is originated from Judea, Christianity spread initially from Jerusalem throughout the Near East, into places such as Aram, Assyria, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, Asia Minor, Jordan and Egypt. In the 4th century it was successively adopted as the state religion by Armenia, Georgia, the Aksumite Empire, and the Roman Empire. It has been spread all over the world today.Their main belief is believing in one god, golden rule, and that through their belief in Jesus as the Son of God, and in his death and resurrection, they can have a right relationship with God whose forgiveness was made once and for all through the death of Jesus Christ. Christianity's practices include, spreading the word of god, praying, going to church, celebrating Christmas and such. The code of conduct includes the ten amendments. You can either be in heaven or hell for your final resting place depending on how you follow the religion.

I've Got Peace Like A River Kids Charge Song

How does practicing this religion affect the daily lives of its followers ?

It affects on how suppose to pray, being truthful, involving in charity, getting along with everybody, following holiday rituals. Marrying another Christian. Also impacting how You interest changes You no longer desire those things that you used to, Not all at once though,This increases gradually over time as a person grows in Christ. It is not about just Following some rule book, far more than that.
What is Christianity? a simple explanation

-- Islamic --

The prophet Muhammad, who was born in A.D. 570 at Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, is often regarded as the founder of Islam. He was the last prophet to be sent by Allah. However the first prophet was Adam.There were many prophets before Muhammad (pbuh) including: Adam, Noah, Abraham (Ibrahim), Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses (Musa), Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist, and Jesus (Isa), peace be upon them.(peace be upon him - Muhammad is so revered that it is usual to make this statement every time his name is mentioned)

allahu akbar in arabic song
Islam's holy book is the Qur'an, the holy Qur'an (Koran) is the eternal and literal word of God. Prophet Muhammad ( an Arab and a descendant of Abraham) received these divine revelations (The Holy Quran) over a period of 23 years in the seventh century of the Common Era (C.E.). Each revelation was written down by the Prophet's scribes according to the Prophet's instructions. The current order and organization into the 114 chapters (surahs) of the entire revelations were therefore given to us by the Prophet himself.
Islam was originated in Saudi Arabia. Muslims are expected to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lives. Islam spread from Mecca to Medina and then through central Asia, North Africa, Spain, and parts of the old Byzantine and Persian empires.
5 Pillars of Islam - part 1 | Cartoon by Discover Islam UK

In Islam, the Five Pillars of Faith (not to be confused with the Five Pillars of Worship) provide a brief and convenient summary of basic Muslim beliefs:

  • Belief in God (Allah) as the only god.

  • Belief in the angels of God, such as Gabriel.

  • Belief in the book of God and in the messengers and prophets who revealed this book. (These are sometimes listed as two separate Pillars, creating Six Pillars of Faith.) The book is an eternal heavenly book that was partly revealed in the Jewish and Christian Bibles and is fully revealed in the Qur’an. God sent his prophets and messengers to reveal his word and to warn people what would happen if they didn’t return to the path of God. Muhammad is the final prophet in a series that began with Adam and includes Abraham, Noah, Moses, and Jesus, among others.

  • Belief in the Day of Judgment and Resurrection at the end of time, when all will be raised from the dead, judged according to their faith and deeds, and sent to the gardens of paradise or to the fires of hell.

  • Belief that God is responsible for everything that happens, both good and evil, because everything happens according to the will of God. The individual, however, is still responsible for his or her own moral and immoral actions.

In the Islamic faith, Muslims are expected to fulfill five fundamental acts of worship. The Five Pillars of Worship (arkan al-`ibada) are the basic acts involved in being a believing and practicing Muslim, but each Pillar is also a gateway to deeper understanding and greater spirituality as one grows in the Islamic faith.

  • Shahada: A person becomes a Muslim by making the basic statement of testimony or witness. “I testify that there is no God but God, and I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.” Variations of the shahada are used in many different situations.

  • Salat: Salat is a formal, ritualized prayer performed at five specified times each day facing Mecca. Salat consists of a sequence of recitations and bodily positions, including prostration with one’s forehead touching the ground.

  • Zakat: Zakat is an obligatory charitable contribution, theoretically due annually from every Muslim at the rate of 2.5 percent of liquid assets and income-producing property. Zakat supports charitable works and the promotion of Islam.

  • Saum: Fast from dawn to dusk each day during the ninth month (Ramadan), Muslims are not supposed to eat, drink, or engage in sexual intercourse. This is a time of spiritual renewal.

  • Hajj: At least once in his or her life, if physically and financially able, each Muslim makes the pilgrimage to Mecca during the twelfth Muslim month. During the five main days of the hajj, those on the pilgrimage duplicate the ritual first performed by Abraham, including circling the sacred shrine (Ka`ba), standing on the plain of `Arafat, and offering a sacrifice.

Just like Christianity the final resting place is either to go to "heaven" or "hell" depending on how you live your life.

How does practicing this religion affect the daily lives of its followers?

This religion has many effect on a Muslim's life. Such as how they dress, what they eat, how they get married, 5 time pray, and the way they act. I think some parts of being Islamic that beneficial is giving charity, which is really good, it effects people to do good deeds. Muslims are required to treat everyone, even enemies, with courtesy and respect. With other Muslims, they offer a traditional Islamic greeting: "As-salamu alaykum," which translates to "Peace be with you." Islam also strongly encourages Muslims to adopt an attitude of forgiveness and forbearance in everyday life, even with strangers.