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Unformatted text preview: Niren Thakkar Humanities 105 Daniel Steele Extra Credit Hinduism Hinduism is the religion of choice in some parts of the Middle East primarily India. Hinduism is known as the worlds oldest religion. And what makes it so unique is that it has no founders. According to historians, the origin of Hinduism dates back to 5,000 or more years. The word "Hindu" is derived from the name of River Indus, which flows through northern India. In ancient times the river was called the 'Sindhu', but the Persians who migrated to India called the river 'Hindu', the land 'Hindustan' and its inhabitants 'Hindus'. Thus the religion followed by the Hindus came to be known as 'Hinduism'. Hinduism Prominent themes in (but not restricted to) Hindu beliefs include Dharma (ethics/duties), Samsara (The continuing cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth), Karma (action and subsequent reaction), Moksha (liberation from samsara), and the various Yogas (paths or practices). Many people do meditation for relaxation, but historically it is not merely a form of exercise to relax...
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