The early American history is closely tied with Hinduism. Unitarians represented as a small, liberal sect of American Christians. In the period following American Independence many writers showed interest in religious ideas and texts of India. They belonged to the social and religious community of New England Unitarianism. Later they entered a uniquely American religious movement. Transcendental writers of the nineteenth century commented on Hindu texts. During that period the Transcendentalists were not alone who was interested in Hinduism. They were considered radical by the larger Unitarian movement from which they emerged. Their interest in Hinduism combined a modest tradition of earlier Unitarian writers. Those writers had been studying works of European scholarship on India in the 1790s. Unitarians are marked that they made a decisive American transaction with Oriental thought in the beginning of the nineteenth century. The early studies of Hinduism were written by Unitarians. They introduced certain biases in the general American understanding of Indian religiosity. In their early studies Unitarians initiated two ongoing traditions of response to religious pluralism. One of the first serious American studies of Hinduism appeared at the end of the eighteenth century. "A Comparison of the Institutions of Moses with those of the Hindoos and other Ancient Nations" was published by the British Unitarian minister, Joseph Priestley in 1799. His interest in Asian religion was caused by his desire to protect Christianity from its radical Enlightenment critics. His aim was to show Christianity's superiority to other religions. Priestley paid attention to the influence on Hebrew religion, questions of re-establishing the superior claims of Christianity, and Hinduism's age. In his work Priestley traces common aspects of Hebrew and Hindu religion, he deals with certain statements about the nature of God, similar depictions about a universal flood, etc. In his introductory chapter we find the description of Hindoos' civil and religious institutions which were considered to be respectable due to their antiquity. However, Priestley states that an objective comparison of the values, origins, and beliefs of these two religions shows the superiority of Christianity. The author of this book denies the statement that Hinduism was mild and tolerant, and mentioned humiliation of women. Priestley introduced the genre of American comparative religion. Nevertheless, we consider that his comparative studies demonstrate the superior claims of Christianity. At the same time, we notice significant contribution of this research to European studies of Hinduism. In his later writings, Priestley provoked the President of the
types of meditation, but one of the more commonly known forms is Yoga. Today in society and modern America it is a popular form of exercise or stretching, but to “Hinduism” it act as something much more. This is very important to the religion and is nearly a ritual and is believed to help heal from within.
Like any other culture, religion, or group of people there is always a form of an outer influence Society has always shaped our beliefs and the world around us today. This has always been true…
of god. They practice at home mostly and visiting temples is not obligatory. The Hinduism has many festivals throughout the year the Hindu calendar usually prescribe there dates.
• What has been the experience of your selected religious group with others that do not share its beliefs or practices?
There is not much to go on for the American view of the Hindu religion so after farther research I found that during the Islamic rule of the Indian sub-continent the Muslims caused widespread carnage…
society. No one worked harder for the freedoms to be provided and stereotypes to be dissolved than Roger Williams. Without the influence of Roger Williams we wouldn't be able to live the way we live today.
Without the influence of Roger Williams America wouldn't be a free country. America has many different religions like Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and Hindu. If Roger Williams never write The Bloudy Tenent of Perseccution ect. they would be physically and violently forced to be Christians…
relations between Eastern and Western Europe
• Before 1450 Central Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe were
involved in global trading, but as the world shrunk, the Americas, Africa,
all of Europe, and Southern Asia.
• Slowly, the culture of Western Europe replaced or destroyed cultures in
the Americas, India, Africa, and later, China
• In early years, China was the pioneering nation in the field of exploration,
but after the burning of the Chinese fleets by the Emperor…
predominantly Christian while India is predominantly Hindu. The US is predominantly Christian, and specifically Protestant, because of who we came from. We came from England, who had already broken from the Catholic Church (following Henry 8th) but who were still devout Christians. This Protestant spirit was brought from England to the new world by early settlers and therefore gained early influence in America that continues still today. India is Hindu because of the religion’s rich history in this…
often violent activities of the militants, a umber of them religiously motivated non Kashmiris.
Since the days of Muslim Mughal Empire, Kashmir has got a prominent Muslim majority population. There are more than eighty percent Muslims and the Hindu population is less than twenty percent. Unfortunately, on the fall of Mughal Empire, the State fell to the British East Company in 1840, which sold it to the Sikh traitor “Raja Gulab Singh” in 1846, as reward for his betrayal of the Sikhs at a very…
in water (relationship between individual soul& Brahman)
and their many avatars
-The goddess Devi
-“If you don’t come through for me I will worship another god”
-All religions are the same.
-From Mughal period
-Started in America
-Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902)
-1893 Rama Krishna
-Best expression of Hinduism
-What Hinduism is today
Lakshmi is his lady
Main avatars are Rama and Krishna
Hero of Ramayana
Consort is Sita
Hanuman is devotee
hard to accept same sex marriage between couples. People are against same sex marriages because they want to protect it from people having traditional culture and having traditional marriages and even they don’t want same sex marriages to become influence for their children so, they want to protect it their children too. People usually from traditional background or even any other background thinks that family usually consists of a wife, husband, and children. But in gay marriages they have same sex…
Cultural identity is one’s feeling of association to a group or a culture. My cultural identity is Russian American. I came to the states when I was 12 years old and assimilated to American culture very quickly. Despite spending most of my life in America I continue to maintain some of my Russian traditions and ways of thinking. Sanjay is in his mid-thirties and came to U.S. about 8 years ago. Most of his life was spent in India and his cultural identity is rooted in Indian culture. We met at coffee…
Wounded Knee- Black Elk survived this. Not much is known what caused it but a massacre of 200-300 Lakota people along with about 50 american soldiers. Differing stories from each side and helped to shape Black Elk into the man that shared his vision.
Vedas- “revealed knowledge”. Written from 1500-400 BCE and have changed over the years with the rig veda being the oldest.
Upanishads- concerned with the cycle of rebirth, liberation from rebirth, and the relationship between Brahman and…