HINDUISM. The background of Hinduism. Began in India Invading Aryans brought new ways in BC’s Ideas of rigid social classes and concepts of good and evil Two epics—the Mahabharata ---the Ramayana Holy works were called “Vedas”. Some basic beliefs.
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(only after several lifetimes can soul achieve union with universal spirit)
100’s of deities but some believe all have one universal spirit= brahman
Main deities center around 3
Preserver of universe
Destroyer of universe
Goddess of many names
Believe animals have souls too
Some worship gods in form of animals
Cows are revered because of the gifts (like milk) they provide for people
***by following this path people could achieve Nirvana (freedom from rebirth)