Erica, William, and Junior

The 5 W's

Who: There was not a specific maker of Hinduism.

What: Hinduism is the 3rd largest religion and it is also the oldest. It is the most diverse and complex because it has many Gods (330 million)

Where: Founded in India

When: 5500 BCE in India

Why: There is no specific reason

Main Beliefs

-Believe that the universe undergoes and lists cycles of creating and dissolution

-Hindus believe in the divinity of the four Vedas, the world's most ancient scripture, and venerate the Agamas. These hymns are Gods word and the bedrock of Sanatana Dharma which is the eternal religion

-They believe in a one, all-pervasive Supreme Being who is both immanent and transcendent

-Karma which is the law of cause and effect by which each individual creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words, and deeds

-Soul reincarnations, evolving through many births until all karmas have been resolved

-Divine beings exist in unseen worlds and that temple worship, rituals, sacraments, and personal devotionals, a communion with these devas and Gods.

-All life is sacred. To be loved and revered and therefore practice ahimsa, non injury, in thought, word and deed

-No religion teaches the only way to salvation above all others, but that all genuine paths are facets of Gods Light, deserving tolerance and understanding.

Special Rituals and Practices


-Ancient system of medicane

Hatha Yoga:

-One of the paths leading to the ultimate goal of Raja Yoga

Kundalini Yoga:

-A tantric form of yoga focused on awakening the kundalini. It lies at the base of the spine

-Namaste Greeting:

-When you pull together both palms of the hands before the heart, and lightly bowing the head


-A ritual that some Hindus perform every morning after bathing and dressing but prior to taking any food or drink

The Sadhu (holy man):

-When Hindus choose to leave their home and dedicate their lives to spiritual disciplines. They renounce their possessions and devote themselves to a particular God and/or meditation

Temples and Temple Ritual: They are designed and built. Rituals and ceremonies take place there.

Places that practice Hinduism:

-Mostly India and Nepal but also the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Fiji, Guyana, Trinidad, Mauritius, Suriname, Bali, Australasia, Northern America, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Malaysia, and Switzerland.


Hinduism has no founder and is the religion of the people of India. It has 1.2 billion followers worldwide and it is a complex tradition that encompasses many religious doctrines and practices but doesn't have a unified belief system. The foundations of Hinduism can be found in the teachings of anonymous ancient sages which were transmitted orally. They believe in many Gods, many sages, many books, and many insights. The first Hindu teacher was called a Brahmin. Lastly, Holi whcih is a major festival could also be called the Festival of Colors. It is celebrated on the day after the last full moon of the Hindu month of Phalguna whcih falls between late February and early March and it marks the transition from winter to spring.