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Religious Studies Summary Pages 1-30 Andrew Mckeown Contemporary scholars know Hinduism as the universal truth. Hinduism is the most dominant religion of the Indian subcontinent and is practiced by 700 million people worldwide. The belief systems of Hindus vary widely. For example, many Hindus are monotheistic and that God has many manifestations. Other Hindus are Pantheistic. This means that the divine world around us is a principle that manifests in natural objects. Yet still other Hindu are Atheist and don’t believe in the existence of any Gods. Hinduism has a number of sacred texts but none of which carry the authority of the Bible or the Qur’an. Of all the Hindu texts, the Vedas, or Wisdom Texts are the most revered. These Vedas were written over 2000 years ago and were memorized and recited by the Brahmins, who were in general unable to explain what the texts mean. There are four Vedas. The Rig Veda, the Sama Veda, the Yajur Veda, and the Atharva Veda. Basically these texts consist of chants and hymns, ritual texts, and
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