Of the many different religions in India, the largest and oldest is Hinduism. It has become so interesting and appealing that it is the third largest religion in the entire world. Unfortunately, a lack of research has led to misrepresentations of the religion. For example, a fashion show in Australia featured a bathing suit depicting the image of Lakshmi, the goddess of good fortune and wealth, upsetting the Hindu nation and sparking severe controversy. I believe that the more educated people are of the facts and history of Hinduism, the better they will understand how important it is to its people and will be able to represent the religion accurately. Hindus are very religious, believing in spiritual diversity. They worship multiple gods, both men and women, and believe that daily prayer and worship to the gods will bring good fortune and health to themselves and their families. They also believe in the afterlife and reincarnation; that if they do good deeds and live life according to the sacred texts their souls will re-inhabit the Earth through a different form of life. They also believe that if a person does bad or disobeys the sacred texts their souls will suffer in hell. According to research, “the sacred scriptures of the Rig Vedas, promise that all who have been good will receive admission to Yama’s paradise and the everlasting enjoyment of all the heavenly pleasures, include the restoration of a sick body, the maintaining of family relationships, and the highly desired apotheosis (Hindu Death Rituals and Beliefs).” There are a number of rites and ceremonies performed during the beginning of life to establish the spiritual connection to the deities; “these include rites for auspicious conception, the birth of a son, safe delivery, birth, naming the child, first solid food, first haircut, initiation into learning the Vedas, and the first hearing of the sacred Gayatri mantra (Courtright, 2005).” Since Hindus believe in reincarnation and karma, they have traditions and rituals that are performed when a person is dying or has died. In most religious traditions involving death, the mortician prepares the body using embalming fluid and makeup to preserve the body for the funeral so friends and family can pay their last respects. In Hinduism, the body is treated much differently. The death ceremonies and rituals are usually carried out in the home of the dying or deceased, where family members gather to pray and participate in bidding the person good-bye. First, the dying body is prepared by rubbing sacred ash on the forehead and drops of Holy water into the mouth. Once the person dies, the body is carried into the front entrance of the home and placed on either a cot or on the floor with their head facing south. Because Hinduism opposes burying bodies in the ground, when a person dies they are prepared for the cremation rituals. The cremation site is considered a sacred place, so women are not allowed to follow the chief mourner to the site. Throughout the year, the family of the deceased celebrates his or her life with a series of gatherings from a few days after the person dies to a year after their death. They pray and worship, eat a meal that consists of the deceased’s favorite foods, and repeat the funeral ceremony again. Hindus also carry strong beliefs and opinions on marriage and divorce. Men are expected to marry and women are expected to leave home and move to her husband’s house, minimizing the amount of time they spend with their parents. Hindus typically marry within their social class, but there are some who have chosen to try and marry outside of their caste. The wedding date is chosen by the parents of the bride and groom who use astrology to determine the best time of year for their wedding. The wedding ceremony includes many traditions, such as feasting, fire ceremony, taking seven steps together, receiving blessings, and playing games. One tradition that is important in
Ta Kecia Daniels
June 1, 2014
University of Phoenix
Hinduism is considered one of the oldest religions, said to have evolved from several other religious group since 1500 BC (Robinson, 2012). One practices many rituals from yoga to fasting and prayer. Hindu’s consider religious symbols such as the lotus flower very important forms of worship. When one says they are Hindu the belief system is one of one deity of many forms of gods and goddess.…
In this report I will be writing about the similarities and differences of Hinduism and Muslims. Hinduism and Islam are the third and second most popular religions in the world.
The 3 main differences:
- Muslims believe in ONE God, but Hindus worship many gods and goddesses.
- In Islam, all humans are created equal but Hinduism has a caste system, with four major castes.
- Hindus believe that your body and soul comes back after your death and you re-live, Muslims believe in the Day of Judgment…
Euthanasia in Hinduism
There are many points of view on euthanasia in Hinduism. Many people think that if a doctor accepts a patient’s request for euthanasia this will cause the soul to be separated from the body at an unnatural time. Other Hindus believe that euthanasia cannot be used as it goes against the views of the teachings of ahimsa. Other parties say that if euthanasia is part taken in it will cause good karma on the doctor as it is removing someone from a world of pain and suffering…
World Religions Report "Buddhism"
Axia University of University of Phoenix
HUM 130 Religions of the World
August 18, 2007
World Religions Report "Buddhism"
How can we begin to understand such a diverse and ancient religion? The width of Buddhism is immense. It is a religion without any written rules. Buddhism is based on self-discovery. Buddhists are born with the quest to find their true form. They believe that they are prisoners of the physical plain…
without the supervision of a male. In the book A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, Jimmy Carter explains the inhumane and immoral acts of discrimination and mistreatment of women that he has witnessed all over the world. Women and girls around the world are victim to the cruel and immoral treatment from society. Leaders of these societies should take action by changing the way they view women as an object.
In countries like India, women had very complex restrictions over education…
oldest religion and I can see parts of it in all religions (GotQuestions, n.d.). The defining difference is that Hinduism is a religion that doesn’t force others into their religion. They accept others as they are. If we are going to accept all the diversity between each other we could learn a lot from the ideals of Hinduism. I am not religious in any way, but I do believe that Hinduism has a structure that excels in accepting diversity and growing from it.
The United States will have more minorities…
India’s Variety of languages
The World Factbook by CIA states that there is not official language in India; however the most widely spoken language in India is Hindi. The percentage of languages spoken in India are as follows; Hindi 41%, Bengali 8.1%, Telugu 7.2%, Marathi 7%, Tamil 5.9%, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 4.5%, Kannada 3.7%, Malayalam 3.2%, Oriya 3.2%, Punjabi 2.8%, Assamese 1.3%, Maithili 1.2%, other 5.9% (The World Factbook 2013-14. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2013)…
highly interchangeable in the current day urban world. The current study attempts to understand beggary as a growing socio-economic problem and as an extreme form of poor in India. We have tried to analyse beggary from a developmental perspective and as an inevitable outcome of exploitation and criminalisation of poor under the vicious forces of political economy. We would want to recommend possible solutions to deal with beggary in the urban world based on our findings from…
Asia, this report will focus on comparing the potential growth opportunities between India and Bangladesh by analyzing the culture, political and legal system, and economy of the two countries. Based on the analysis, a recommendation will be proposed that will decide which country is the better candidate for foreign direct investment (FDI). Furthermore, the report will utilize Terry Porter’s Diamond of national competitive advantage to suggest which industry to invest in. This report will provide…
In the City of God, a pirate captured by Alexander the Great, who asked him
“how dare he molest the sea”. “How dare you molest the whole world” the pirate replied.
“Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief; you, doing it with a great navy, are called an emperor”.
-“Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World”, Noam Chomsky1
In the early morning of 6th April, 2010, a group…