Hinduism By Ryan SmiTh

Founding/Creation

  • Hinduism's place of origin is in India.
  • Hinduism doesn't have a founder, it was created from Brahminism.
  • Hinduism is the oldest religion, dating back to prehistoric times.
Main Deity
  • Composes of three major traditions(Shaivism, Vaishnavism, and Shaktism)
  • Shaivism- Shiva is the main God who is worshipped
  • Vaishnavism- Vishnu is the main God who is worshipped
  • Shaktism- Female aspects of God are worshipped
Beliefs
  • Hindus seek out knowledge and understanding to find out the truth.
  • Hindus believe that Bhraman is the one true God who is formless, limitless, all in-clusive, and eternal.
  • Hindus believe in Vedas(Hindu Scriptures) in the Vedas there is no beginning or end. When everything else is destroyed there is still Vedas.
  • Everyone should strive to achieve Dharma( righteousness, moral law, and duty)
  • Hindus believe that individual souls are immortal, they believe that they cannot be created or destroyed.
  • Hindus believe that the goal of the individual soul is to reach Moksha. Moksha is reached when the soul is united with Brahman by reaching its true nature.
Important Text
  • The Vedas- large body of texts originated in ancient India, composed in Vedic Sanskrit, the text included the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest layer of Hinduism scriptures
  • The Upanishads- contains some of the central philosophical concepts of Hinduism, The Upanishads mean "last chapters, Parts of the Veda" or "the object, highest part of the Veda"
  • The Samhitas- the most ancient part of the Vedas, consisting of hymns of praise to God.
  • The Brahmanas- rituals and prayers to guide the priests in their duties.
  • The Aranyakas- concern worship and meditation.
  • The Bhagavad Gita- The Bhagavad Gita, or "Song of the Lord" is part of the sixth book of the Mahabharata, the world's longest poem. It is one of the most popular Hindu texts and is known as a smriti text (the remembered tradition).
  • The Ramanya- Composed in the same period, the Ramayana is one of India's best known tales. It tells the story of Prince Rama who was sent into exile in the forest with his wife, Sita, and his brother, Lakshamana.
Influence/Spread/Impact
  • Hindus believe belief in reincarnation, the concept of karma, respect for all forms of life and tolerance and respect of other religions.
  • Another influential belief is the caste system. Traditional belief holds that a person's life cycle has four stages, which are called Ashramas. A person begins life as a student, then is a keeper of a household, then retires and, finally, begins the stage of asceticism.
  • Hinduism spreader do to inhabitants in Indus Valley leaving their home, they spread Hinduism across the land when they resettled in India.

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