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Transcript of Hinduism

By: David Holcer, Alisha Temirova, Bianca Ye, Karen Wu, Evan Hu
Important Facts and Details
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Origins of the Religion
Structure of the Religion
Basic Beliefs
Holidays and Festivals
Rites of Passage #2
Important Objects and Symbols
Around 1 billion
current followers.
Origin: Indus Valley current day India.
Time: ~4000 years ago or 2000 BC.
Founder: Aryans or nobles.
Main god: Brahma
Sacred texts: The Vedas
A spiritual leader, Mahatma Gandhi:
A Mandir or Hindu Temple
The language the Vedas were written in:
Origin place of Hinduism on map
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Hinduism Followers in the World:
Hinduism, Sihkism, and Buddhism believe in:
• Karma.
• Rebirth.
• Nirvana.
• Om or Onkar, Omkara.
• Originated from India.
Beyerman Temirov, 1970, December 25, Vancouver, Canada, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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Sanskrit the Ancient Hindu Language:
Brahmins - Priests
Kshatriyas - Warriors and Rulers
Vaisyas - Skilled traders, merchants, and minor officials
Sudras - Unskilled Workers
Paria ("Harijans", "Dalits", "Panchamas") - Outcasts, "Untouchables" , Children of God
: The prayer ritual of worship to a god, a spirit, or any other divine being in general.
: The laws of the gods and people which tell us how we should behave in our lives.
: The force that brings an equal reaction to one’s acts.
• Diwali: A mean of cleansing the soul and strengthening the inner light that protects from the spiritual darkness.
Falls on mid-October to Mid-November
New moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika.
•Holi: Around the time of the month of March Modern: 'Amanta': after the new moon Before: 'Purnimanta': first day after full moon

Marriage begins when two individuals want to join for life. It is usually completed by consummation.
Marriage happens so that the couples can pursue:
(physical desires), and
(ultimate spiritual release) together.
Favourable colours -
The person is placed in his room or in the entryway of the house, with head facing east.
In Hinduism, the lotus primarily represents beauty and non-attachment.
Om or Aum is of great importance in Hinduism. This symbol is a syllable that represents Brahman.
The Hindus relied heavily on the cow for food and farm. Because the cow was known as a 'caretaker', it became a maternal figure.
Symbols of Dharma
Instant Karma
: The perpetual cycle of birth and death through the process of reincarnation.
Nirvana or Moksha
: The highest state that someone can attain, a state of enlightenment.
After Death
The soul is reincarnated into a new form that can be human or non-human!
Achieved by:
reaching the top of the caste system
overcoming ignorance and desires
balancing one's Karma
Rites of Passage #1
There are six different ritual ceremonies for
The Jenoi is the sacred thread
The Ceremony of the Sacred Thread is the time when a
young boy
considers his spiritual teacher as his father.
When the Hindus is aware of the fact that they are going to die, they bring home the disease.
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How Does Hinduism Relate To Other World Religions?
Budhism and Sikhism
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• All three religions believe in:
• Karma
• Rebirth
• Nirvana
• Om or Onkar, Omkara
• India

Caste System
What is a caste?
A caste is a level of a hierarchy. Often, people are born into their positions in society, into one group in the hereditary groups called jatis. The jatis are usually then classified into one of the varnas, or ranks.
1. Brahmins - Priests
2. Kshatriyas - Warriors and Rulers
3. Vaisyas - Skilled traders, merchants, and minor officials
4. Sudras - Unskilled Workers
5. Paria ("Harijans", "Dalits", "Panchamas") - Outcasts, "Untouchables" , Children of God

If a Hindu does behaves well and commits kind deeds, they can expect to be
in return!
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