Religious Groups


The religion group I chose is: Hinduism
1. How does your selected religious group differ from other religious groups?
Hinduism is known as the world’s oldest organized religion. It is the world’s third largest religion. Because of the wide variety of Hindu traditions, freedom of belief and practice are notable features of Hinduism (Robinson, 2012). Hinduism differs from Christianity and other monotheistic religions. Hinduism does not have just one holy text or a central religious authority. Hinduism also believes in reincarnation and most other religious groups do not. Other religious groups believe that you only have one life on Earth.

2. What has been the experience of your selected religious group with others that do not share its beliefs or practices?
Hinduism does not share the same beliefs as Islam and Christianity. Hinduism does tolerate Christianity while Christianity is opposed to Hinduism because any other form of worship that is not in the bible is a sin to a Christian.

3. In what ways has the religious group you selected contributed to American culture?
Hinduism introduced yoga to Americans, and now millions of people enjoy yoga. Americans have yoga classes at work out gyms, schools, and different places throughout communities. Americans also now celebrate special festivals that were only celebrated by the Hindus. During these festivals, the American public unites with Hindus in celebration. Some of the Hindus books were translated to English. Hindus had some of their chants and modern songs that entered the American pop culture.

4. Provide specific examples of prejudice or discrimination your selected religious group has experienced.
I found this article on a website called and found some information that was very interesting. This article was published in 2011 from a newspaper The “” (2011). Within this article, it talks about the discrimination against Hindus in Sindh. Some of the Hindus were threatened...