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Research of Hinduism
Research of Hinduism

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Hinduism1. Basic Beliefs:
Atman- soul4Atman is reborn millions of times1Karma- moral laws1In order to be release from rebirth (mokshal), they must follow the margas1Jana-marga- knowledge1Karma-marga- appropriate actions1Bhakti-marga- devotion to God14 stages of life- student, household, reflector, renouncer 2Worship one God or worship none at all2the one ultimate goal, is to be release from the rebirth cycle3
2. Important People and Why:
Aryans- brought the Vedas(eternal truths for Hindus)4Gods:Shiva- Lord of time/ The Destroyer 11Brahma- creator 10Agni- God of fire10Mahadevi- Mother Goddess10Vishnu- Preserver of the Universe10
3. Duties, Dress, Title of Clergy Members:
Role in life- escape the cycle of recarnation and be immoral1
4. Sacred Texts:
Vedas- 4 sections;Samhitas, Brahmanas, Upanishands, Shruti9Ramayana- 24,000 couplets of Prince Rama's life9
5. Sacred Sites:
Your own house- this is where most Hindus practice in8Vishnu Temple6Shrines to Shiva- dedicated to the Lord of Nagas(the snake/water spirits)7Indus Valley- where Hinduism was first practiced1
6. Sacred Rites, Practices, and Procedures :
Yoga- individual holiness6Teaching/ practice known as sampradaya6Most worship individually, not in a group6
7. Place of Worship:
At home, most homes has shrines, which could be a room or just a picture, or a statue8Or at actual temples such as Jaganannatha temple at Orissaor or Vishua temple6
8. Taboos or Prohibitions on behavior, Food, etc.:
5 Taboos:Sexuality intercourse between two different caste1using wine1eating meat1eating fish1
 parched grain for sacrifice/ritual1
9. Holidays and/or Holy Days:
Jan:Lohri- marks end of winter 5Feb:Pongal-Samkranti- celebrate rice harvest5March:Holi- New Year 5Shivartri- fast held at temples5April:Sri Vaishnavas- beginning of summer 5May:Rathyata- Birthday of Lord Jagannath5Aug:Janmashtami- Birthday of Krishna5Sept:Dusserah- Celebrate that the good beat the evil5Ganesh Chaturthi- Birthday of Ganesh5Oct:Diwali- Honor Rama5
10. Sects or different groups within the religion:
Ranks in Society (in order listed)- Priest, Warriors, Trader/Farmer, Menial/Servants1
11. Historic or Currents Conflicts:

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