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The Spread of Hinduism

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Thomas Martir

on 5 June 2013

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The Spread of
HINDUISM Origins of Hinduism Why Hinduism didn't spread like other religions After Summary Hinduism is considered a universal religion but didn’t diffuse like Christianity or Islam
“Hinduism is a way of life; not an organized religion."
Hindus believe that Hinduism is not the only way to God
Missionaries/Pilgrims did not travel the world to spread ideals about Hinduism like Islam and Christianity
Many people circa the birth of Christ adapted to the idea of monotheism
Religions like Islam, Christianity, and Buddhism adapted belief of a messenger of God, or a prophet Hindus believe that Hinduism is more of a way of life than a structured religion.
The migration roots of Hinduism demonstrate that Hinduism didn't assimilate into the culture of the regions that it passed through.
Hinduism has primarily stayed within Indians, and wasn't spread like larger religions.
Though there has been a decline in the Hindu population, it still has the potential to integrate its ideals into society Differences of Hinduism and
Other Growing Religions Hinduism is a polytheistic religion
Hindus believe in the cycle of reincarnation
They believe in a caste system, ranking people hierarchically (depending on past life)
Most other religions believe all are equal
Hinduism consists of close to 50 religious scriptures, not just one.
Tougher for a new follower to get familiar with Before •Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religion
•It is the third largest religion with over 1Billion followers
•Some scholars believe it originated in India circa
10,000 BC Indian Migration from East Africa to UK Idi Amin’s (Ugandan president) expulsion of Indians in 1972
Fear that the Ugandan economy would be taken over
Amin didn’t like how Indians didn’t integrate into the African society
Great reason as to why Hinduism didn’t spread too much into the Ugandan culture
Most moved to UK, some back to India
UK because India was still part of British Empire and so they were responsible for Indians
Spurred the movement of Hinduism
Indians took Hinduism with them to the UK Spread of Hinduism to Africa in 19th C. Inflow of Asians came to Africa during the British Colonial period
Arrived as British laborers
Plentiful opportunities to work
Uganda Railway
Attractive immigration decision because of famines in India
Asians (almost all from Gujarat) immigrated to East and South Africa Idi Amin The Immigration Spread of Hinduism Spread of Christianity Spread of Islam Interpretations about the Spread of Religions Hinduism has very direct routes throughout the world
Mainly due to migration
Hinduism followed the Indians that carry it
Christianity and Islam diffused throughout the world
Many missionaries promoting beliefs
Ideas were taught to some, who spread to others
Many ethnicities represent both religions
Notice how religious routes have “split-ends”
Demonstrates diffusion Future of Hinduism As long as the Indian population remains tied to Hinduism, it will still remain one of the world's largest religions.
We have witnessed a decline in followers of Hinduism and increases in Christianity and Islam.
Due to the socially independent nature of the followers of Hinduism, it seems unlikely that there will be a reverse in the trend.
Despite its numerical decline, Hinduism still has the capability to influence the ethics of those following other religions.
Though Hinduism doesn't necessarily need to be a primary religion, its teachings have the potential to influence everyone around the world. Jaime Patel
Thomas Martir
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