Origin of faith  There is no single founder of the Hinduism religion. It simply grew to be a religion. Though it might not have a founder, it is the oldest religion to have ever been known. It is slowly evolving over time and is still continuing to do so. Monotheistic, polytheistic or nontheistic Hinduism is a polytheistic religion, meaning they believe in more than one god. Though they believe in many. They believe in three main ones. They believe in Brahma the creator, Shiva the preserver, and Vishnu the Destroyer. Location The Hinduism religion takes up 80% of India’s population. This is because Hinduism originated from India. Though there are a couple of Hindus in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Most Hindus are found North of the Equator Major beliefs Hindus believe that all gods are Supreme Beings. Hindus believe in karma and how it chooses your destiny. They also believe in soul reincarnation and how you will always be given birth until all karma is gone.Hindus believe that all life is sacred and that it should be loved and taken care of. Hindus will often go to a temple to meditate and their personal offerings to the deity. They believe that chanting ‘Om’ while meditating helps them connect with their soul.  Variations Hinduism has four variations. Shaivites, Vaishnavas, Smartha, and Shaktism. Hindus that are Shaivites are the ones who believe that Shiva should be worshiped as the supreme God. Vaishnavas worship Vishnu as the supreme God since they believe that Vishnu should be worshiped as the supreme God. Smartha is the followers of the more philosophical side and believes less in the personal approach, than other variations. Shaktism is worshiped as a divine feminine form. Scriptures The Hinduism scripture and holy book consist of a Vedas which is separated into four different parts. There is the Samitas which is the oldest part of the Vedas, the Brahmanas which is the rituals and prayers, Aranyakas which is the worships and the meditation also, Upanishads which consists of all the mystical and philosophical side of the Hinduism religion. The Samitas is also separated into four parts. There is the Rig-Veda Samhita which is the oldest one, Yajur-Veda which is a handbook, Sama-Veda which is all of the chants and the tunes that they sing, and Atharva-Veda which is the preserve of all the historic traditions. Hindus write in SanskritKey figuresHinduism has a lot of key figures. Here a couple of the main ones: Ramakrishna, and Gandhi.  Ramakrishna is the holiest key figure. His father saw that Ramakrishna would become (after reincarnation) holy men. Another key figure is Gandhi. He is the most recognizable key figure for Hindus. He encourages a nonviolence. He says to change you can’t be violent. Major values or rulesHindus have dharma. Basically, what it is, it’s something you get when you are born. They are called duties. These duties change according to your gender and age. Hindus believe that if you fulfill all of your Dharma than you will have good karma and if everyone fulfills their Dharma than the whole society will flourish. Another one is Niyamas. Niyamas is a code of religious practice. If you do all of it, it will result in good karma.Key holidaysHoli is a festival in the Hinduism religion. It is a festival celebrated in March. Diwali is another festival however it is the most popular one. Diwali is a festival of light as it says in the name ( Diwali means ‘Rows of lighted lamps’). It is celebrated for five days and is celebrating Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. It is a festival of light because Hindus believe that if your lights are lit up, then Lakshmi will come in your house. To let Lakshmi in, people will open up their windows and would let their doors open. Its meaning is to celebrate the victory of good over bad, knowledge instead of ignorance, and light instead of darkness.What is unique about Hinduism?One thing that is unique about the Hinduism religion is that it has no single founder. As you may know, the founder of Judaism is Abraham, Christianity is Jesus Christ, Islam is Muhammad, and Buddhism is Siddhartha Gautama. Also, Hindus believe in many gods while other religions would only believe in one.What is similar to Hinduism?Like most religions, Hindus meditate. Hinduism is mostly similar to Buddhism though because they share some key figures. For example The Buddha and The Bhakti Saints. Even though Hinduism is the oldest religion Buddhism is also very old. It is almost as old as Hinduism.

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