Hindu Religious Traditions

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Hindu Religious Traditions Hindu Religious Traditions Abstract "A religious persons' world view recognizes a transcendent dimension to life- that is, that there is a supernatural power beyond humans or dwelling within humans. The quest to know and fulfill this powers' purposes becomes their goal in life". ("The nature and origins of religion", Patricia Hayward). Hindu Religious Traditions The everyday lives of all people are made up of rituals and traditions. The practice of religions, including Hinduism, sanctifies many of these daily rituals into sacred events and observances. In order to understand Hinduism and its followers, one must study their belief systems, their social practices, and the rituals and traditions they hold sacred. The study of these elements identifies their symbolism and meaning and helps one to understand the Hindu people. The first step to this understanding involves the examination of their basic beliefs. In this paper we will explore some of the ceremonies, traditions, and rituals of Hinduism. Definitions and translations will be provided for clarification and comparison purposes. The significance of various practices will also be discussed. A general interpretation of several celebratory events will also be presented. Lastly, the aspect of karma with respect to the environment will be explored. Hinduism was founded sometime between 1500 and 500 CE in the area of the Indus valley civilization. There is no individual founder and no names given to say who developed it. They are many gods in the religion of Hinduism. Many Hindu followers believe that one of the gods is the true god; this creates a division in Hinduism, Vaishnavaism and Shivaism. People who follow Vaishnavaism believe that Vishnu is the one true god and people who follow Shivasim believe that Shiva is the one true god. Yet there are
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