Hinduism

By: Doran K. Bryant P. Anna T. Danielle V. and Cara Lane C.

Origins of Hinduism

Hinduism was created in India around 1500 BC.

Leader/ Founder

There is no single leader or founder for Hinduism, it originated as a way of life, and became a major religion. Below is the Hindu sign of peace.
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Places of worship

Hindusim is usally praticed at home at an alter or sacred area calle puja. Hindus also worship at there temple.

Classification

Hinduism is considered an ethnic religon, because hindus do not attempt to convert people to there religon.
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Branches/Division

The four Hindu denominations are the Shaktism, Smartism, Vaishnavism, and Saivism.
The four divisions share common rituals, gods, beliefs, and traditions. However, they all have a different philosophy on achieving life’s main goal.
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Practiced Today/ Number of followers

Hinduism originated in India. It is said to be the oldest religion in the world, and is also one of the largest religions. The largest populations of Hindu’s are in India and Nepal. Other countries that practice Hinduism are Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United States, Great Britain, Malaysia, Trinidad, and Tobago. About 828,000,000 people practice Hinduism.
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Basic beliefs and practices

They Worship mostly in Temples and at Home. At home they you will find decorated shrine that are for worship. Around the room there are a lot of deities and also some statues. These decorations help them concentrate. Usually when you go to temples it is because there is a festival or special event. In the Temple they have a place where the poor get free cooked food and in the evening they sometimes have classes for children.
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Symbols used

There main symbols are of the goddesses and gods of Hinduism. The Symbol below is called pranava or also written as “Om”. It is named this because when you say it, it sounds like the primeval sound through which the universe is created.
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