Hum 130 Hinduism Paper

Pablo Cuadra
February 27, 2011

Hinduism is the world's oldest surviving world religion. Hinduism is not a traditional religion, in that they don’t have a uniting belief system. Instead, Hinduism is a set of traditions and beliefs that have changed and grown better over time. There are many different sections of Hinduism and they all believe in the ancient scriptures called Vedas. According to, “Upanishads are more philosophically inclined Vedic texts. The ancient Indian scholars called Rishis' search for the knowledge, that would make man kind to be free from the cycle of reincarnation can be seen in Upanishads” (para. 1). Hinduism is very complicated, but in brief it is made up of hundreds of other deities who control just about everything. It is also made up of reincarnation, which is the belief that once you die you will be brought back to life in another body, human or animal. It is the belief that this component was manipulated by the elite of ancient India to legitimize a rigid caste system which didn’t let people marry each other or even talk to each other. It was justified in the minds of Indians by the fact that your reincarnation back to earth had to do with karma of your past life. This means that if you did good things and were good that you will come back as something good, but if you were bad you would come back as something not as good.
One big social influence is that India is one of few last bastions of the ancient world's culture. Hinduism is actually an umbrella term referring to the people living on the other side of the Sindhu River. The actual name is the Sanatana Dharma or Universal Truth or Way. One of Hinduism's strengths is its able to unite the diverse beliefs and practices of its people in a way that is necessary for India to continue historically as it has. This is one reason why the government of India is so aggressive in its opposition to Christian and Muslim missionaries. Religions like Christianity...