Society and Culture
Assessment task 1
The effect of Hinduism in everyday life

What is Hinduism?
Hinduism is the world's oldest existing religion, with a billion followers, which makes it the world's third largest religion. Hinduism is a collection of religious, philosophical, and cultural ideas and practices that originated in India, characterized by the belief in reincarnation, one absolute being of multiple manifestations, the law of cause and effect, following the path of righteousness, and the desire for liberation from the cycle of births and deaths.
Hinduism differs from Christianity and other monotheistic religions in that it does not have:
• a single founder,
• a specific theological system,
• a single concept of deity,
• a single holy text,
• a single system of morality,
• a central religious authority,
• The concept of a prophet.  
Hinduism is not a religion in the same sense as Christianity is; it is more like an all-encompassing way of life much as Native American spirituality is.
Hinduism is generally regarded as the world's oldest organized religion. It consists of thousands of different religious groups that have evolved in India since 1500 BCE. Because of the wide variety of Hindu traditions, freedom of belief and practice are notable features of Hinduism.
Most forms of Hinduism are henotheistic religions. They recognize a single deity, and view other Gods and Goddesses as manifestations or aspects of that supreme God.

How I went about to find the answer to my question:
After quite a lot of research on the internet and books it was clear that the only way to really get a clear answer on the effect of Hinduism on an individual’s everyday life was to conduct interviews on people who I knew believed in Hinduism. Growing up in an environment with religion playing a big role I could understand a lot more about the effects of this religion and how someone who might not have the same beliefs looked at you.
What I found:...