Southwest Asia Topics
Kailey, Andrew, Alexa, Maddie
China's Rise Economically
Hinduism vs. Buddhism
Buddhism is a religion located in the Indian subcontinent and has a variety of traditions, beliefs, and practices largely based on teachings from Buddha. Buddhism is split into 2 basic groups called Theravada and Mahayana. The place of worship for Buddhism is in pagodas and Monasteries. The goal of the religion is to enlightenment.
Hinduism is the predominant religion of India and Nepal. Hinduism has traditions such as Shaivism, Vaishnavism, and Srauta. It was formed by many different traditions and has no real leader. The place of worship for Hindus is Temples. The goal of the religion is to break the cycle of birth, death and reincarnation, and attain salvation.
Both religions emphasize compassion and nonviolence to all living things. They both believe in gods on different planes. They both started and evolved their religion on Indian soil. Also they both are Dharmic religions based on the law of karma and believe in reincarnation.
The Kashmir Conflict
The Caste System
Hindu society in Indias’ way of organizing people into hierarchy groups called castes. This is based on jobs and how much money each family has, this system is based on the hindu beliefs to rank by spiritual purity. Although some people see this system as segregation and racism because once you're born in a certain caste, there is no moving up higher in the ranking. The lowest class is called the "untouchables" in the Hindu Religion they believe that they are unholy and therefore the government is hesitant to make job opportunities available for them.