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Hinduism. Beginnings. Origin is lost in the mists of antiquity Is over 4,000 years old Beginnings were believed to be in the Indus Valley Aryans evolved practices. Religion of Variety. Different regions worship different gods within Hinduism

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beginnings
Beginnings
  • Origin is lost in the mists of antiquity
  • Is over 4,000 years old
  • Beginnings were believed to be in the Indus Valley
  • Aryans evolved practices
religion of variety
Religion of Variety
  • Different regions worship different gods within Hinduism
  • Hinduism is more of a grouping of related religious practices than a unified religion
major gods
Major Gods
  • Brahman – eternal creator and preserver of the world in some aspects seen as the only god
  • Devas – seen as manifestations of Brahman on Earth
    • Siva – the destroyer
    • Vishnu – the preserver
sacred texts
Sacred Texts
  • The origins of Hinduism were in the Vedas
    • Polytheistic
    • ritualistic
  • Another set of sacred texts are known are the Upnashids
    • More monotheistic
    • meditation
practices
Practices
  • Dharma – duty or righteousness
  • Karma – moral law of cause and effect
  • Moksha – oneness with the supreme
  • Samsara – cycle of rebirth until moksha is achieved