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Hinduism Paper
Donna Hebner
Axia College University of

Hinduism derived in the Indian subcontinent where other religions like Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism was developed in a unified religious system. Unlike these other religions, Hinduism was categorized as if they were a single tradition. The name Hinduism was applied to the people who at the time, was living by the Indus River, by the foreigners who then introduced the name in a category for the British census-taking in the nineteenth century. Hinduism is one of the oldest living religions in the world today, and was not founded by one individual person. It grew over the following 4000 years beside the cultural and religious movements of the Indian subcontinent. Brahmanism was the first phase of Hinduism that was the religion of the priests or Brahmans. They performed the Vedic sacrifice that the relation with the gods and the cosmos was established through the power of proper relation by these priests. The Veda is where the liturgy and interpretation of the sacrifice was comprised. The speculative works state the doctrine of the Brahman is the absolute reality that they believe the soul is the self of all things and its identity is in the individual soul. They also believe that karma is where the individual soul reaps from the good or bad actions from itself to the soul and carried on through different lifetimes. The alternate label for Hinduism today is Sanatana Dharma. Sanatana means that the ways have always existed, “ageless” or “eternal”. The word Dharma comes from the translation of religion, meaning the transcendental realization of natural law, social welfare ethics and health and corresponding in order in the cosmos. There is a great many different ways of the religion that there is no central tradition that can be called proper Hinduism. The belief of the Hindu religion and cultural beliefs is that the original region of Hindu divines is still present...
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