World Religions. World Religions. The Largest main World Religions in order are:. Christianity: 2.1 billion followers. Islam: 1.3 billion followers. Hinduism: 900 million followers. Sikhism: 23 million followers. Judaism: 14 million followers.
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The Largest main World Religions in order are:
Christianity: 2.1 billion followers
Hinduism: 900 million followers
Sikhism: 23 million followers
Judaism: 14 million followers
Hinduism- The oldest religion, it may date to prehistoric times.
Judaism - The Hebrew leader Abraham founded Judaism
around 2000 B.C. Judaism is the oldest of the monotheistic
faiths (religions with one god).
Buddhism - Founded by Siddhartha Gautama, called
the Buddha, in the 4th or 5th century B.C. in India.
Christianity- Founded by Jesus Christ, who was crucified
around A.D. 30 in Jerusalem. It was after his death
that his followers came to believe in him as the
Christ, the Messiah.
Islam- Founded in Arabia by Muhammad between A.D. 610 and A.D. 632
religion, with around 900 million followers.
The religion of Hinduism originated in Northern India, near the river Indus, about 4000 years ago. Hindu is Indian for Indus.
It is the world's oldest existing religion.
Hinduism is practiced by more than 80% of India‘s population.
Hinduism has no founder. It developed out of Brahminism.
The Vedas ismost ancient sacred texts of
the Hindu religion . Hinduism does not just
have one sacred book, but several scriptures.
The Hindu building for communal worship is called Mandir (Hindu Temple). The temples are dedicated to different gods and are the focus of religious life.
Divaliis the Hindu festival of lights, which celebrates the New Year. It is India’s most important holiday.
River Ganges is one of many holy places
Aum is the main symbol of Hinduism. It is the sound heard in deepest meditation and is said to be the name most suited for God.
Hinduism is not a Single Religion. Hinduism is the practices
of a variety of different religious groups which come out of India.
For many Hindus, religion is a matter of practice rather than of beliefs.
It's more what you do, than what you believe. Hindus believe in
a universal soul or God called Brahman. Brahman takes
on many forms that some Hindus worship as gods or goddesses
in their own right. Hindus believe that there is a part
of Brahman in everyone and this is called the Atman.
Hindus believe in reincarnation - a belief that the soul is eternal and
lives many lifetimes, in one body after another.
Hindus believe that existence of this cycle is governed by Karma.