World Religions: Hinduism
by Nicole Kreimer
4000 years ago
Hinduism has no specific founder
Hindus practice polytheism, which means they believe in more than one god. They believe that after you die, you will be reincarnated into another life. What you did in your previous life affects your current life. This is called the law of Karma, and every Hindu's goal is to break free of this cycle by obtaining Moksha, which means you have no more worldly attachments.
Concept of god
Hindus believe in polytheism. They say that all of their gods and idols are different aspects of one god. The gods in Hinduism are nature gods.
Hinduism's holy book is the Bhagavad Gita
'It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection.'
Lotus- symbol of purity/ transcendence
Aum- the first sound of the universe
Hands in prayer – a sign of respect for the sacred
Hindus can worship in a temple, or a shrine at home
Holidays & festivals
Holi (also called Holaka or Phagwa) is an annual festival celebrated on the day after the full moon in the Hindu month of Phalguna (early March). It celebrates spring, commemorates various events in Hindu mythology and is time of disregarding social norms and indulging in general merrymaking. Holi is probably the least religious of Hindu holidays.
Diwali, from the Sanskrit word Dīpãvali, meaning "row of lights" is a Hindu festival of lights lasting five days. For many Hindus, Diwali is also New Year's Eve. Diwali is held on the final day of the Vikram calendar, a type of Hindu calendar followed by North Indians.
Mahashivaratri (also called Shiva Ratri) is the Great Festival of Shiva. It is held on the 14th day of the dark half of the lunar month of Phalguna. Mahashivaratri is especially important to Saivites (devotees of Shiva), but it is celebrated by most Hindus.
Hinduism is the oldest religion, and is mainly in India. It is a religion made up of many religions combined. Hindus worship many gods, and believe in reincarnation. Hindus worship by giving offerings to idols, and through yoga. They believe it's wrong to kill animals for food, especially cows, who they consider holy.