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Hinduism: The Change Over Time
Transcript of Hinduism: The Change Over Time
There was no particular founder.
One of the oldest religions, Hinduism can be dated back to the people of the Indus River Valley 5000 years ago.
The earliest records of Hindu gods, goddesses and Hindu beliefs were first written down in about the fourth century A.D
Gave birth to Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism.
Ideals are based around rituals and many Gods, sacred texts, and social stratification.
The Turning Point
In 260 B.C.E Emperor Asoka, due to guilt from his previous violent ways, converted to Buddhism.
This conversion of parts of India, the core aspects of Hinduism were altered.
The caste system, though still a large part of Hinduism, was weakened.
Animal sacrifice, once a part of Hindu worship, was outlawed.
This resulted in personal worship becoming a greater part of the Hindu faith.
In the Indus River Valley, texts and scripts have been found where there was use of animal sacrifice
Terracotta figures were found that were said to represent deities
The Indus River Valley started to decline and it is said that the Aryans invaded thus being a crucial part of Hinduism. The Sanskirt language and the Vedic religion are two of the foundations of Hindusim, which can be attributed by the Aryans.
The Turning Point
During the 11th century, Muslim Mahmud of Ghazna invaded India, introducing the Islam faith to Hindus
The tradition of child marriages emerged due to frequent kidnappings
Many merges of the two religions were attempted, creating new religions such as Sikhism
The presence of Hinduism in India began to drop
Effects on Other Religions
Started in India with many ideas adopted from the Hindu faith
Similarities between the two faiths include:
Concepts of Maya, Samsara, and Moksha
Adopted Hindu caste system
Though not by Jainist's, some people consider Jainism a sect of Hinduism
Consequences of Buddhism
The Muslim Invasion
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The Hindu Trinity Gods
God Brahma –- creator of the
God Vishnu – The preserver of the Universe
God Shiva – The destroyer and has the power of his 3rd eye
Hinduism has changed over time because it does not have one founder so people have been able to slightly altered the beliefs. The teachings and principles of most religions do not change, it is the interpretation that changes.