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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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World Religions

The Largest main World Religions in order are:

Christianity: 2.1 billion followers

Islam:1.3billionfollowers

Hinduism: 900 million followers

Sikhism: 23 million followers

Judaism: 14 million followers

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The Five Oldest main World Religions in order are:

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.

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The Five Oldest main World Religions in order are: Cont.

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

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Hinduism is the world‘s third most popular

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.

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Place of Origin

India

Hinduism has no founder. It developed out of Brahminism.

Founder

The Vedas ismost ancient sacred texts of

the Hindu religion . Hinduism does not just

have one sacred book, but several scriptures.

Sacred Text

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.

Sacred Building

Divaliis the Hindu festival of lights, which celebrates the New Year. It is India’s most important holiday.

Major Festival

Holy Place

River Ganges is one of many holy places

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Symbol

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.

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Hinduism has no founder, single teacher nor any prophets.

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.