The word Hindu is a very old word.
In ancient times, the river Indus was called "Hindu" by the Persians who had migrated there. They also called the land Hindustan and it's inhabitants, Hindus.
After that, the religion that followed was called Hinduism.
Hinduism is also referred to by practitioners as Sanatana Dharma. This means "the eternal faith".
Hinduism is not strictly a religion. More than a religion, it is a way of life.
Hinduism has no founder,
Anyone who practices Dharma can call himself a Hindu.
Hinduism is based on the practice of Dharma, which is the code of life.
Hinduism has been their way of life for many years.
Scholars are confused, it seems to be that Hinduism has no founder.
Has been traced to about the year 5000 BCE to the Indus Valley civilization.
Development of Hinduism influenced throughout the years by many invasions.
Biggest invasion is believed to be the Aryan invasion, circa 1500 BCE.
Aryans were light-skinned nomadic people from the steppes of Russia and Central Asia.
When they invaded India, they brought with them religion of Vedism.
Beliefs mixed with more advanced beliefs of the Indians, creating Hinduism.
Early Vedism was the early earth and life changing belief that the battle loving tribes needed. lso believed that Hinduism is derived from Animism. Animism is the belief that every thing and person has a powerful spirit in them or a soul. This spirit is supposed to be capable of helping or harming human beings. This faith is very popular. In fact, if an animist were to want to cut down a tree, he would first explain to the tree how it will be used and then asks for permission to cut it down. That is why many people like the North American Indians used every part of the animal that they killed.
During the tTime of the invasions many things changed. The Rig-Veda was composed during the early beginnings of the Hindu religion.... [continues]
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