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Hinduism is the world’s oldest living (still in
practice) religion, it is over 3,500 years old.
Created by the hymns of the Aryans
honoring their gods along with new ideas and
Followers can worship in
different ways.
Their goal is to get
closer to Brahman,
their god.
Hinduism has no one person as the founder
of the religion but grew out of the Aryan
prayers called the Vedas passed down
poetically by word of mouth until eventually
written down.
This is the most
important Hindu god,
Brahman, the “Creator"
of all things.
This god is the single
power force that all
other gods and goddess
are made from.
It is believed that this
god was born from a
golden egg.
He created the earth
and everything on it.
Hindus believe in
only 1 god, Brahman.
However that god can
be seen in many forms
of goddesses and gods.
These can be in
animal or human form.
Shiva, a god sometimes
in human form other
times in animal form.
This Hindu god is very
popular among
Shiva is called “The
Destroyer” because this
god destroys the universe
and then can create it
Vishnu, a god sometimes
in human form other times
in animal form.
This Hindu god is very
popular among worshippers.
Vishnu is called “The
Preserver” because this god
preserves and protects
people and the universe.
Upanishads: a
Hindu religious
book, the word
means “sitting near
a teacher.”
Much of the text is
in question and
answer form. This
text contains the
basic beliefs of all
Reincarnation: a
Hindu religious
belief that every
living thing has a
soul and when it
dies the soul is
reborn again in the
body of a living
Karma: a Hindu
religious belief that the
actions of a person in
this life will affect their
fate in the next life.
Good behavior is
always rewarded. Bad
behavior is always
Faithful followers of
Hinduism will be reborn
in a higher caste. Those
who have been bad are
reborn in a lower caste.
Dharma: a Hindu
religious belief that a
person has religious
and moral duties.
These duties depend
on the person’s job and
By obeying your
Dharma a person can
get closer to Brahman
and escaped the cycle
of death and rebirth.
Ahimsa: the belief
in non-violence.
People and things
are part of Brahman
and should be
treated with respect.
Therefore many
Hindus are
vegetarians and
don’t eat meat from
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