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Hinduism, a religion that was originated in India, that is still practiced all around the world. Hinduism is said to be the oldest religion in the world. Many people declare Hinduism to be the official religion of the country, but is it also practiced in other parts of the world including Africa, Southeast Asia, East Indies, and England. It is believed that the word “Hindu” derived from the word “Sindhu”, which meant the river. To the Hindu people, Hinduism is not a religion but a way of life. Hinduism has created rules for good living upon earth. The hindu people defined their community as those who follow the way of the four classes and stages of life, and also those who believed in the Vedas. Hinduism is believed to be one of the world’s major religions, but not because of its followers, but that influences the other many religions.

Hinduism’s biggest rule can be defined by not how people think, but by what people do. Most of the hindu people have an admiration for cows. Most Hindus also refrain from eating beef. They also believe in marriage into a wealthy class in the hopes of producing male offspring. Hinduism has two main gods, Shiva and Vishnu. Although, a lot of Hindus practice in the worship of other minor gods. It is believed that the real beauty of Hinduism lies in the real freedom of choice in worship. Each follower of the religion has an arranged pattern that gives the meaning of his/her own life. Presently, Hinduism has no hierarchy, but its social system allows each person to have a sense of place within its community.

It is believed that the ultimate authority for the vast majority of Hindus is the Vedas. The oldest Vedas is the Rig-Veda, which was derived from an ancient form of the Sanskrit language in Northwest India. The text was believed to be written between 1300 and 1000 B.C., which consisted of approximately 1,000 or more chants to a temple that was built for their gods. The chants have been memorized and are still preserved to this...