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Unformatted text preview: to escape the suffering of worldly life. The largest difference between Hinduism and Buddhism is that within Hinduism society their caste system plays a major role. The caste system divides the Hindu people into four major classes, Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaishya, and Shudra, and "untouchables," or people outside of all the classes. Members of certain castes have certain duties. Caste is determined by birth, allowing no social advancement, career choice, or individual freedom. This is very different within Buddhist society. Buddhism concentrates not on the society, but on the individual, thus divorcing religion from the interests of the ruling stratum. Buddhism also seems to be less ritualistic and deity-dependent than Hinduism....
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- Spring '08