Religion and Ethnic Diversity

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Religion and Ethnic Diversity Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions. Hinduism is different from other religion groups. “Hindus have gods and goddesses they worship that directly influences his or her life.” (Paragraph 1, What are the basic beliefs of Hinduism?) “Only by selecting one or more of these deities to worship, and by conducting the rituals designed to facilitate contact with them, a Hindu devotee is striving to experience his or her unity with that cosmic force.” (Paragraph 1, What are the basic beliefs of Hinduism?) The prominent deities are Vishnu, Shiva, and Devi. Vishnu is the preserver. Shiva is the creator and destroyer. Devi is the protecting mother. Hindu people have shrines in temples, homes, and in outdoor public places. Most people worship at home, daily. “Temple structures are sacred spaces where gods partake of human offerings and in which the people can be with the gods.” (Paragraph 1, Worship in Hindu temples) Everyone is required to remove their shoes before entering the temple to worship. “Children are encouraged as young adults to make their own choices of which gods or goddesses they find personally inspiring.” (Paragraph 3, Worship in homes) Hinduism is different from other religions, but different is not necessarily a bad thing. Hindu’s believe that they can learn from everything. They seek the truth in everything. “Anyone’s view of the truth-even that of a guru regarded as possessing superior authority-is fundamentally conditioned by the specifics of time, age, gender, state of consciousness, social and geographic location, and stage of attainment.” (Paragraph 2, General nature of Hinduism) Even though Hindu’s believe in learning the truth from everything, some religions do not agree with the Hindu religion. Christianity looks down on Hinduism. Hindu’s believe in many gods, to Christians this is
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