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Rel/133 Week 5 Team Paper

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Hinduism is a major world religion that originated on the Indian subcontinent and consists of several schools of varied rituals, philosophies and beliefs. The name, Hinduism, is actually coined by British journalists and writers in the early 19th century to refer to the tradition of texts and practices. It is believed that Hinduism is now the worlds oldest and widely practiced religions known today having dated back to around the 3rd or 2nd millennium bce.
When the term “Hinduism” was first published to describe the religion, it has since been met with mixed reactions with some rejecting it in favor of indigenous formulations. Some have taking to the term “Vedic Religion” as a ...view middle of the document...

Since Buddhism was first introduced and with its adoption back in the 6th century, there was a need to give explanation to the differences between the Japanese and Buddhist teachings. The kami were looked at, according to one Buddhist explanation as some sort of supernatural being that got caught in an unending cycle of their birth and rebirth. They live, die, and are eventually reborn, just as are others in the great karmic cycle. The kami did play a particularly special role in the protection of Buddhism and allowed the teachings of Buddha’s compassion to thrive. Some saw that the kami as being different embodiments of the Buddhas. This explanation was come to be known as the Honji Suijaku theory. It was from this theory that Amaterasu (the sun goddess), was believed to be a central manifestation of the Buddhists, whose name means literally "Great Sun Buddha". As a summary, we can say that even though Hinduism doesn’t have a direct influence into Shinto, it does have a lineage into it through Buddhism, as do many of the core Asian religions.
Hinduism and Sikhism
Going back to the Indian subcontinent, we have several belief systems in place, Sikhism and Jainism, that have a lineage into Hinduism much like Buddhism does. Sikhism was founded by Guru Nanek Dev during the 15th century whose parents were both Hindu. Both of the Hindu and Sikh traditions do share a distinction between their cultures and religion. Ethical decisions have a firm stance in both the cultural values and religious beliefs. Both of the ethical foundations for Hindu and Sikh are primarily duty based. The traditional teachings from both focus on the duties that individuals and families must maintain to achieve a lifestyle that is conducive to mental, spiritual and physical health. The ideas from both of these traditions share a worldly and culture viewpoint that includes the ideas of karma, collective versus individual identity, and a very strong focus on the spiritual purity. We can say without a doubt that if it wasn’t for Hinduism, Sikhism would have never been founded.

Hinduism and Jainism
Jainism is more closely related to Buddhism in that it has more similarities and ties than it does with Hinduism. Jainism and Hinduism both believe that the soul is immortal and is always subject to the law of Karma. Both accept the doctrine of non-violence, but within Jainism, Ahimsa is its primary doctrine and it is the first of the five vows that were taught by the last Tirthankar. But much like with Buddhism, this just means that without Hinduism, there really wouldn’t be Jainism since it holds a certain lineage into Hinduism.
The modern Hinduism has evolved from thousands of years. “Hinduism in the Philippines - Pre-colonial period. Historians speculate that the Philippines were under the Sri Vijaya Empire from the 4th to the 10th centuries. Before the Spanish colonial period, the archipelagos of Southeast Asia were under the influence of the traders of Hindu-Malayan...

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