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Belief Systems Hinduism o Hinduism has no single founder but originated from the mixing of Harappan and Aryan cultures in ancient India around 1500 BCE . o Hindus believe in one unifying spirit, Brahman . Brahman can manifest in many, polytheistic , forms or in one, monotheistic . o Hinduism is based on the concept of reincarnation (Spirits return to earth many times in different forms trying to become one with Brahman). The soul moves up or down a hierarchy depending on their behavior in life. o A person moves closer to Brahman by obeying the law of karma. Karma is the sum of all your deeds, good and bad. Good deeds involve following your dharma , or duties dependent on your position, gender and occupation. o The caste system (outlawed since 1948) was an important part of Hinduism. Castes are social classes into which a person is born and lives their entire life. If a person has a good karma they may be reincarnated into a higher caste .
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