Belief Systems/ Religion

Jackie Hall

Hinduism

The origin of Hinduism started in India when the Aryans conquered the Indus Valley. The Aryans brought many beliefs with them. Hindu followers are polytheistic ( belief in more than one God or goddess). The caste system is a social ranking were the most import members of society are at the top and the least important are at the top. The most holy book in Hinduism is the Vedas. And there are more holy books for example the Bhagavad Gita. Hindu followers practice non- violence and being vegetarian. Hindu followers also be in reincarnation which means your soul with become part of something else. Karma is what goes around comes around. Dharma are the set of rules all Hindu followers have to go by. Moksha is the final resting place for the soul when it has gone through all the stages of reincarnation. Hinduism spread through mostly India.
Practicing Hinduism does impact a Hindu's life by the way they handle things such as conflict and life choices. The caste system is a example of life chooses by how the caste you are born in deterimes what you do and who you are to marry. Reincarnation is another great example of the choices you make determine how you are in your next life and the Gods might not forgive what you have done so you must learn your lesson the hard way in their eyes. Hinduism has its ways and rules. But it how you handle the practices and use them that impact their life.
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Buddhism

Buddhism started in India. The founder of Buddhism is prince Siddhartha. Siddhartha visited Earth and he saw sickness, death and old age. Siddhartha couldn't stand to see the world like this so he sat by a tree for 49 days until he found enlightenment in himself and then tried to help others find enlightenment by telling them to follow the Middle Way. In Buddhism there is no one book that is most holy to them like the Vedas in Hinduism.The major beliefs in Buddhism are the Four Noble Truths, reincarnation, karma and dharma. Buddhism spread through Central Asia, China and Japan. Buddhism practices are non- violence, meditation, equality and the Eightfold Path. The final resting place for Buddhism followers is Nirvana.
All religions are different and have different values. Buddhism is a religion were some see it this way and other see it a different way. In China Buddhism shaped Chinese culture. In Central Asia Buddhism started what we now call today as the Silk Road. There are a lot of people who want to find enlightenment so they turn to Buddhism and go through the Middle Way to find their inner peace so when they do that they also accept the rules and values of Buddhism. I would love to learn more about this religion.
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Confucianism

Confucianism first origins in China. Confucianism was founded by a man named Confucius who wanted to end the war happening in China at that time. There is no holy book in Confucianism because it's not a religion. Confucius ideas spread to other places like Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia. Confucius thought to restore social order was that everyone had a job and that job would help society run smoothly. He also thought of other ways society would run great like the Five Relationship they were father- son, elder brother- younger brother, husband - wife and friend - friend.
Confucianism is not a religion and other would try to learn from Confucius teachings and live a life that Confucius was trying to have in this world which would be everyone has a part in society and they would have to do their part to keep society running smoothly. Confucianism isn't a religion but it has some similarities with the other religions and that is they wanted everyone to have a place and mean something in society. They also had a message that they all wanted us to hear and have other teach what they believe the world should be like.
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Judaism

Judaism was first founded by a group of people named the Hebrews that lived in the Fertile Crescent. The holy book in Judaism is named the Torah the nine other books in this series is called the Old Testament. Judaism spread through Israel. The beliefs of Judaism are monotheistic, conversant, and the Old Testament. There are very sacred holidays for Judaism follows like Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yam Kiippur and Chanukan are the most sacred days to a Judaism follower.
Just like any other religion their are people who founded the religion in this case the Hebrews. Then you have the origin ( were it started) which is the Fertile Crescent. After all that then you have the holy book the Torah and the beliefs monotheistic, convernant and the Old Testament. All this can influence how you are in life and what kind of life you want to have a happy successful one or a life of bad luck and getting into trouble. Everything about all religions just like this one has its ways of handling things such as how they dress, speak, watch tv and handle conflict. All this affects a Juda's life by what they wear, say, handle conflict and watch on tv can affect have they are I their daily lives. Judaism has its rules just like Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism they all share a common constant and that is they want the world to be in peace, everyone live happy healthy lives and everyone follows the rules.
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Christianity

Christianity's founder was a man named Jesus who said that he was gods son and died for all of our sins. He was born in the city of Juda. This is the city were Christianity first originated. The beliefs of Christianity are monotheistic , Jesus is our savior and treat other how you want to be treated. Many Christians practice read the Bible, going to church and celebrating Christian holidays like Easter and Christmas. The rules all Christians have to follow are the Ten Commandments that are rules on how to live your life. The movement of Christianity spread all around the world but in Europe and Asia is where they study it the most. The final resting place for a Christian follow is heaven or hell. The most holy book to Christians is the Bible.

Practicing Christianity impacts the lives of its followers by how everything they say and do impacts the religion. Christianity, Judaism and Islam are the same in many ways. Just like in Islam there are very strict Christians that follow all the Ten Commandments of Christianity. Then there are Christians who are layer back and follow some of the commandments. Most Christians go to church every Sunday and pray everyday and go to Sunday classes and go to Wednesday night bible study. Every Christian on Easter goes to church and on Christmas celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. In Juda is the place where Christianity first started and because of that most of Europe and Asia practices the religion fully. Most Christians are very respectful, loving and honest. In Christianity all Christians have to do charity. Christianity does share many things in common with Judaism and Islam. But it does share somethings with Hindduism, Buddhism and Confucianism by the way they express doing the right thing.

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Islam

Islam was founded by a man named Mohammed. Who was told by a angle to stay his own religion. The holy book in Islam is the Qu'an. Islam spread and is practiced in Central Asia, North Africa, Spain and some parts of the Byzantine and Persian empires. Muslims belive in the in on god (Allah). In Islam Muslims practice Fasting, the Five Pillars of Islam. The code of conduct in Islam for all Muslims are the Five Pillars of Islam. The final resting place for Muslims is cemetery where the body is buried. The holy city of Islam is Mecca

Muslims practicing Islam affect their daily lives by how they would get up at 5 am to pray and then pray four more times in that day. It also affects relationships between men and women like when they go to pray men and women are spreaded. And when the husband leaves the house and there is another man there he can't stay there with his wife because it is against the Islamic rules. Some other things that affect a muslims daily life is how they dress, speak and handle conflict. Islam, Judaism and Christianity all have many things in common. So yes practicing Islam does impact the daily life of a Muslim tremendously.
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