Belief Systems Thematic Essay

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There are many different belief systems that are practiced around the world. Each with different and some similar qualities. These belief systems are almost like guidelines for the society in which they are practiced. These rules, and practices of the belief systems develop and change over a long period of time, which ultimately shapes the culture of the people that choose to follow it. Some examples of belief systems are, Buddhism, Daoism, Hinduism and Confucianism,

One major belief system is Hinduism. This belief system was founded in India, in about 1700BC. There was no specific founder of Hinduism, because it was created by the Aryans, or the nomads that moved into India. This system did not just happen over night, it developed over thousands of years through a blending of many ideas. The Major beliefs of this system were the Caste System, Dharma and Karma, and Rein carnation. All three of these beliefs are directly connected. The Caste system was the social classes of Hinduism, you were born into your Caste and for the rest of your life you remained in that caste and could only associate with people in that caste. The Castes were separated by social class, so the higher you were in society the higher the caste you were in. The only way out of your Caste was in your next life. The Hindu people believed strongly in Reincarnation, or rebirth or the soul, this is where dharma and karma comes in. Dharma is your moral responsibilities in life; you must do your dharma to get good karma. Karma is what determines if you will move up or down in the caste system when you are reincarnated. And people would ‘work their way up’ to achieve Moksha, or the highest you can be. This affects life because the Caste System determines everything about your life. Who you talk to, who you marry, what your job is, it is all part of your Caste.

Another Major Belief system is Confusinism. Confucianism was founded in china around 500 BC. This was the time of the warring states in...
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