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10th Sep '16 1:46:02 AM Morgenthaler
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Hinduism is classified under the Dharmic religions, which also include UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}, UsefulNotes/{{Sikhism}}, and Jainism. The other three are offshoots from Hinduism, in the same way that UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} and {{Islam}} are offshoots from UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}}.

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Hinduism is classified under the Dharmic religions, which also include UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}, UsefulNotes/{{Sikhism}}, and Jainism. The other three are offshoots from Hinduism, in the same way that UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} and {{Islam}} UsefulNotes/{{Islam}} are offshoots from UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}}.
29th Aug '16 12:08:04 AM Fireblood
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This makes Hinduism the only major world religion that is henotheistic by nature, i.e, involving devotion to one god while accepting the existence of others. This is why most Hindu sects do not seek converts, as there is an accepted belief that the goals of spiritual life can be attained through any religion, as long as it is practiced sincerely. It is also one of the only religions in the world that allows the practice of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_atheists atheism within itself]].

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This makes Hinduism the only major world religion that is henotheistic by nature, i.e, involving devotion to one god while accepting the existence of others. This is why most Hindu sects do not seek converts, as there is an accepted belief that the goals of spiritual life can be attained through any religion, as long as it is practiced sincerely. It is also one of the only religions in the world that allows the practice of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_atheists atheism within itself]].
itself]], and the oldest evidence of the concept.



As is evident from the description so far, the information provided here by no means summarizes the entirety of Hindu beliefs; as it is easily the most complex religion in the history of the world. Because of the wide range of traditions and ideas incorporated within it or covered by it, even hardcore Hindus will have trouble coming up with a definition for the word "Hinduism", [[UpToEleven itself]].


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As is evident from the description so far, the information provided here by no means summarizes the entirety of Hindu beliefs; as it is easily the most complex religion in the history of the world. Because of the wide range of traditions and ideas incorporated within it or covered by it, even hardcore Hindus will have trouble coming up with a definition for the word "Hinduism", "Hinduism" [[UpToEleven itself]].




* UsefulNotes/SriLanka (although Buddhism is the dominant religion there).

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* UsefulNotes/SriLanka (although Buddhism is the dominant religion there).there)
11th Aug '16 1:01:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{India}}

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* {{India}}UsefulNotes/{{India}}
20th Jan '16 4:38:05 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The oldest continuously-practiced religion in the world, and the dominant religion of South UsefulNotes/{{Asia}} (chiefly UsefulNotes/{{India}}), the [[UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}} Indonesian]] island of Bali, and certain parts of UsefulNotes/TheCaribbean (such as many areas of [[{{UsefulNotes/Guyana}} Guyana]] or [[UsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobago Trinidad]]) due to the presence of Indo-Caribbean people there, Hinduism's roots can be traced back to [[OlderThanDirt Iron Age India]], and as such it is believed to be the [[OlderThanYouThink oldest living religion in the world]]. Contrary to popular Western belief, most modern Hindus will attest that it is monotheistic, not polytheistic. To sum it up simply, in the same way Catholicism has the concept of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being different forms of the same God (and in the same way that all twelve-plus [[Series/DoctorWho Doctors]] are different incarnations of the same guy), Hinduism has a similar belief: Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva, Brahma, Hanuman, etc. are all different forms of one God, known variously as Brahman, Ishvara, or other names. So, though Myth/HinduMythology contains a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters vast pantheon]] of gods and beings, they are all recognized to be part of the same ''Sarvasva'' or "All-Being", i.e, God.[[note]]Of course, this is not set in stone, and debates on whereas Hinduism is polytheistic or monotheistic have occurred for centuries. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monism Monism]] if you want a summary.[[/note]]

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The oldest continuously-practiced religion in the world, and the dominant religion of South UsefulNotes/{{Asia}} (chiefly UsefulNotes/{{India}}), the [[UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}} Indonesian]] island of Bali, and certain parts of UsefulNotes/TheCaribbean (such as many areas of [[{{UsefulNotes/Guyana}} Guyana]] or [[UsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobago Trinidad]]) due to the presence of Indo-Caribbean people there, Hinduism's roots can be traced back to [[OlderThanDirt Iron Age India]], and as such it is believed to be the [[OlderThanYouThink oldest living religion in the world]]. Contrary to popular Western belief, most modern Hindus will attest that it is monotheistic, not polytheistic. To sum it up simply, in the same way Catholicism has the concept of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being different forms of the same God (and in the same way that ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the concept of [[TheNthDoctor all twelve-plus [[Series/DoctorWho Doctors]] are being different incarnations of the same guy), TimeLord), Hinduism has a similar belief: Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva, Brahma, Hanuman, etc. are all different forms of one God, known variously as Brahman, Ishvara, or other names. So, though Myth/HinduMythology contains a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters vast pantheon]] of gods and beings, they are all recognized to be part of the same ''Sarvasva'' or "All-Being", i.e, God.[[note]]Of course, this is not set in stone, and debates on whereas Hinduism is polytheistic or monotheistic have occurred for centuries. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monism Monism]] if you want a summary.[[/note]]
8th Jan '16 11:39:49 AM MarkLungo
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The oldest continuously-practiced religion in the world, and the dominant religion of South Asia (chiefly India), the Indonesian island of Bali, and certain parts of UsefulNotes/TheCaribbean (such as many areas of [[{{UsefulNotes/Guyana}} Guyana]] or [[UsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobago Trinidad]]) due to the presence of Indo-Caribbean people there, Hinduism's roots can be traced back to [[OlderThanDirt Iron Age India]], and as such it is believed to be the [[OlderThanYouThink oldest living religion in the world]]. Contrary to popular Western belief, most modern Hindus will attest that it is monotheistic, not polytheistic. To sum it up simply, in the same way Catholicism has the concept of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being different forms of the same God (and in the same way that all twelve-plus [[Series/DoctorWho Doctors]] are different incarnations of the same guy), Hinduism has a similar belief: Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva, Brahma, Hanuman, etc. are all different forms of one God, known variously as Brahman, Ishvara, or other names. So, though Myth/HinduMythology contains a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters vast pantheon]] of gods and beings, they are all recognized to be part of the same ''Sarvasva'' or "All-Being", i.e, God.[[note]]Of course, this is not set in stone, and debates on whereas Hinduism is polytheistic or monotheistic have occurred for centuries. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monism Monism]] if you want a summary.[[/note]]

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The oldest continuously-practiced religion in the world, and the dominant religion of South Asia UsefulNotes/{{Asia}} (chiefly India), UsefulNotes/{{India}}), the Indonesian [[UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}} Indonesian]] island of Bali, and certain parts of UsefulNotes/TheCaribbean (such as many areas of [[{{UsefulNotes/Guyana}} Guyana]] or [[UsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobago Trinidad]]) due to the presence of Indo-Caribbean people there, Hinduism's roots can be traced back to [[OlderThanDirt Iron Age India]], and as such it is believed to be the [[OlderThanYouThink oldest living religion in the world]]. Contrary to popular Western belief, most modern Hindus will attest that it is monotheistic, not polytheistic. To sum it up simply, in the same way Catholicism has the concept of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being different forms of the same God (and in the same way that all twelve-plus [[Series/DoctorWho Doctors]] are different incarnations of the same guy), Hinduism has a similar belief: Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva, Brahma, Hanuman, etc. are all different forms of one God, known variously as Brahman, Ishvara, or other names. So, though Myth/HinduMythology contains a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters vast pantheon]] of gods and beings, they are all recognized to be part of the same ''Sarvasva'' or "All-Being", i.e, God.[[note]]Of course, this is not set in stone, and debates on whereas Hinduism is polytheistic or monotheistic have occurred for centuries. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monism Monism]] if you want a summary.[[/note]]



Hinduism is classified under the Dharmic religions, which also include {{Buddhism}}, {{Sikhism}}, and Jainism. The other three are offshoots from Hinduism, in the same way that UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} and {{Islam}} are offshoots from UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}}.

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Hinduism is classified under the Dharmic religions, which also include {{Buddhism}}, {{Sikhism}}, UsefulNotes/{{Buddhism}}, UsefulNotes/{{Sikhism}}, and Jainism. The other three are offshoots from Hinduism, in the same way that UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} and {{Islam}} are offshoots from UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}}.
3rd Jan '16 6:12:21 AM Dimas28
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* {{UsefulNotes/Fiji}}
* [[{{UsefulNotes/Guyana}} Guyana]]
* Suriname
* UsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobago

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* {{UsefulNotes/Fiji}}
{{UsefulNotes/Fiji}} (though Christianity takes a plurality)
* [[{{UsefulNotes/Guyana}} Guyana]]
Guyana]] (same as above)
* Suriname
Suriname (same as above)
* UsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobagoUsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobago (same as above)



* UsefulNotes/{{Bangladesh}} (Islam takes up a lion's share, but its Hindu population is much more than many of the above countries combined)

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* UsefulNotes/{{Bangladesh}} (Islam takes up a lion's share, but its Hindu population is much more than many of the above countries countries' respective Hindu population combined)
3rd Jan '16 6:08:11 AM Dimas28
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* [[{{UsefulNotes/Guyana}} Guyana]]
* UsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobago


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* {{UsefulNotes/Mauritius}}
* {{UsefulNotes/Fiji}}
* [[{{UsefulNotes/Guyana}} Guyana]]
* Suriname
* UsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobago


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* UsefulNotes/{{Bangladesh}} (Islam takes up a lion's share, but its Hindu population is much more than many of the above countries combined)
* The [[UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}} Indonesian]] island of Bali (where its 80% more percentage of Hindus is practically an attraction by itself)
13th Sep '15 3:39:44 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The oldest continuously-practiced religion in the world, and the dominant religion of South Asia (chiefly India), the Indonesian island of Bali, and certain parts of UsefulNotes/TheCaribbean (such as many areas of [[{{UsefulNotes/Guyana}} Guyana]] or [[UsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobago Trinidad]]) due to the presence of Indo-Caribbean people there, Hinduism's roots can be traced back to [[OlderThanDirt Iron Age India]], and as such it is believed to be the [[OlderThanYouThink oldest living religion in the world]]. Contrary to popular Western belief, most modern Hindus will attest that it is monotheistic, not polytheistic. To sum it up simply, in the same way Catholicism has the concept of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being different forms of the same God, Hinduism has a similar belief: Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva, Brahma, Hanuman, etc. are all different forms of one God, known variously as Brahman, Ishvara, or other names. So, though Myth/HinduMythology contains a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters vast pantheon]] of gods and beings, they are all recognized to be part of the same ''Sarvasva'' or "All-Being", i.e, God.[[note]]Of course, this is not set in stone, and debates on whereas Hinduism is polytheistic or monotheistic have occurred for centuries. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monism Monism]] if you want a summary.[[/note]]

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The oldest continuously-practiced religion in the world, and the dominant religion of South Asia (chiefly India), the Indonesian island of Bali, and certain parts of UsefulNotes/TheCaribbean (such as many areas of [[{{UsefulNotes/Guyana}} Guyana]] or [[UsefulNotes/TrinidadAndTobago Trinidad]]) due to the presence of Indo-Caribbean people there, Hinduism's roots can be traced back to [[OlderThanDirt Iron Age India]], and as such it is believed to be the [[OlderThanYouThink oldest living religion in the world]]. Contrary to popular Western belief, most modern Hindus will attest that it is monotheistic, not polytheistic. To sum it up simply, in the same way Catholicism has the concept of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit being different forms of the same God, God (and in the same way that all twelve-plus [[Series/DoctorWho Doctors]] are different incarnations of the same guy), Hinduism has a similar belief: Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva, Brahma, Hanuman, etc. are all different forms of one God, known variously as Brahman, Ishvara, or other names. So, though Myth/HinduMythology contains a [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters vast pantheon]] of gods and beings, they are all recognized to be part of the same ''Sarvasva'' or "All-Being", i.e, God.[[note]]Of course, this is not set in stone, and debates on whereas Hinduism is polytheistic or monotheistic have occurred for centuries. See [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monism Monism]] if you want a summary.[[/note]]
2nd Sep '15 3:08:40 PM SpaceWolf
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* UsefulNotes/SriLanka (although Buddhism could probably be stated to be the dominant religion there).

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* UsefulNotes/SriLanka (although Buddhism could probably be stated to be is the dominant religion there).
2nd Sep '15 3:07:53 PM SpaceWolf
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Hinduism is classified under the Dharmic religions, which also include {{Buddhism}},{{Sikhism}}, and Jainism. The other three are offshoots from Hinduism, in the same way that UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} and {{Islam}} are offshoots from UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}}.

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Hinduism is classified under the Dharmic religions, which also include {{Buddhism}},{{Sikhism}}, {{Buddhism}}, {{Sikhism}}, and Jainism. The other three are offshoots from Hinduism, in the same way that UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} and {{Islam}} are offshoots from UsefulNotes/{{Judaism}}.
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