By: Emily Kirkelie
Their basic practices include:
- Puja: Making offerings to the deity and decorating deity images
- Darsan: Non idol worship, so this is "seeing" the deity
- Prasad: taking the divine within your own being through eating food shared with the deity
Hinduism has no specific origin or founder
Also called "Devasthanam"
Location of where hinduism is practiced
(The hot pink area)
Symbol of Hinduism
The symbol is called an Aum and spoken to represent the three main gods:
Hindu's sacred texts are the Vedas ("truths")
What do Hindus believe about...
- Sin? It's just a part of everyday human life
- Heaven? An impermanent realm of no suffering
- Hell? An impermanent realm of suffering where one pays for bad deeds
- the Rich and Poor? It is taught that greed is acceptable, but happiness is not brought to those with money unless they share it with ones that don't have money
- Salvation? Moksha or ending your cycle of constant rebirth and entering a state of "completeness"
- Marriage? Hindus believe that when two souls come together for marriage it is because their Karmas are intertwined, so a sacred bond is created that extends across 7 or more lives
- Abortion? Ahimsa or non-violence is the belief that it is wrong to kill living beings and also embryos. All life is sacred.