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Hinduism Paper 1 Hinduism Dustin Robison University of Phoenix
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Hinduism Paper 2 Hinduism Most people in the Western Hemisphere seem to have gross misunderstandings and misinterpretations with regard to the history, traditions, and meaning of Hinduism. Most would equate it to idol worshipping and believe it is polar opposite to religions like Christianity. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to explore what makes up the Hindu religion as well as identify the characteristics, traditions, and significance of this religion, which does not have a uniting belief system. The purpose of this paper is also to examine the cultural and societal influences of Hinduism, which allows it to remain vital to the region of its origin. Furthermore, it will aim to define the meaning of the term, the desire for liberation from earthly influences. As opposed to more relatively unified religious systems like Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, the Hindu religion does not have a uniting belief system (Axia College, 2008). In fact, there are so many variations to this religion that it is extremely difficult to pinpoint its central traditions. Hinduism is extremely unique in that it is not simply a religion it is indeed a way of life. It does not have a Koran or a Bible to resolve controversies and does not require followers to accept any one idea. Thus it is more cultural than a formal religious belief (Kumar, 1993). Hinduism was a term used by foreigners to identify the people living in the region of the
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