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1 Hinduism Paper John Sherrow Saturday, March 26, 2011 Hum 130/ RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD RANDI JO MCLEOD
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2 Hinduism is the world’s oldest organized religion, but it is one of the least well known because it lacks a uniting belief system Hinduism is the product of a people. There is no one founder who gave birth to Hinduism Instead, Hinduism is the result of the development and relationships of people from India. Through invasion or the passage of time these people developed beliefs that helped them make sense of the world, find their place in the world, and structure their society. As one can expect, the religion they developed would necessarily be shaped by their daily lives and the structure of their community. Hinduism is often said not to have a formal structure. But that is not accurate. Hinduism has core beliefs that, although fluid, do exist. Hinduism emerged from the blending and unification of different practices and beliefs. As a result, adaptation and flexibility are part of the religion’s key unifying principles, which can be seen in Karma and man’s transition through different lives and man’s unity with all beings and nature. Also part of the religion are the way it creates a principle regarding the station in life of humans and their station on the way to heaven. The Indian caste system is also supported by Hinduism, which can be seen to have shaped Indian society and culture. There are many different ways in which
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3 Hindus practice Hinduism. However, different practices do not diminish the unity
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This note was uploaded on 06/19/2011 for the course HUM 130 taught by Professor Georgegreaves during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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