Hinduism

"Search for the truth through non-violent means"

Hindus on Earth?

Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world after Christianity and Islam. About 2 billion people today are Hindus, which is a recovery from a major decline that occurred a while back. Most of them are located in India, although can be found in small places like Suriname, and French Guiana.

Adherence to the Religion?

Hinduism is more of an Ethnic Religion, so there aren't many people who convert, but mostly born into the religion. They usually dont go out seeking for more followers, so intentional diffusion doesn't go very far.Although, Relocation diffusion happened because of another religion that collided with Hinduism. Hinduism was first jammed up in North India, then when Buddhism came it pushed Hinduism south, and it spread to fill only to its boundaries.

In order to join, you have to accept your duties, and live by the religious guidance of the Vedic Scriptures.

What do they Believe?

Hindus believe in the divinity of the four Vedas, the world’s oldest scripture. These primordial hymns are the words of god and the bedrock of Sanatana Dharma, the internal religion.

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Symbols of Hinduism

Place of Worship?

A Hindu temple is a lot like a Christian church in the sense that they are both a house of god and is a structure built to bring humans and god closer together with beliefs and symbols. The burial tradition is a cremation along with a long ceremony. Other than a sacred lake in the center of the town, religion really doesn't affect the villages.

Why WE think people are attracted to Hinduism

We believe people are attracted to this religion because the religion is practiced within a closed area, causing the religion to be more original and more direct within an area. Another reason would be the beauty of buildings and culture of the people.

How is Hinduism Categorized?

Hinduism is categorized in Ethnic religion since this religion has a strong territorial and cultural group identification. Also because this religion is typically practiced within closed communities and this religion requires full attention to the culture or to be completely immersed.

Major Key Figures

One key figure is Gandhi. Gandhi gathered many followers and promoted peace and understanding until his assassination in 1948. He is a revered Hindu holy man and bastion of nonviolent resistance throughout the world.
Another key figure was the Buddha. Many Hindus view the Buddha as an avatar or incarnation of their god Lord Vishnu. Though interpreted differently by different sects, the Buddha is often credited with condemning animal sacrifice as the will of Vishnu.

Important Dates and Celebrations

Hinduism has many major events in their history. Some of these events are Maha Shiviratri, Pongal, Kavadi, Holi, Diwali, Mahashivaratri, Rama Navami, Ugadi, Visha, and Bonalu. Holi is an annual festival celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna. It celebrates spring, and commemorates various events in Hindu mythology. Diwali is held on the final day of the Vikram calendar, a type of Hindu calendar followed by North Indians. Diwali is a celebration for the last few days of the year. Finally, Mahashivaratri is the Great Festival of Shiva. It is held on the 14th day of the dark half of the lunar month of Phalguna in celebration of Shiva.