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Hinduism

Hinduism

Considered the world's most revered and vibrant religion, Hinduism has its origins in such a remote past that it cannot be traced to any one individual. Some scholars believe that Hinduism must have existed even in circa 10000 B.C. and that the earliest of the Hindu scriptures – The Rig Veda – was composed well before 6500 B.C. The word "Hinduism" is not to be found anywhere in the scriptures, and the term "Hindu" was introduced by foreigners who referred to people living across the River Indus or Sindhu, in the north of India, around which the Vedic religion is believed to have originated.

 

Principles of Belief of Hinduism

There is no "one Hinduism" and so it lacks any unified system of beliefs and ideas. Hinduism is a conglomerate of diverse beliefs and traditions in which the prominent themes include:
• Dharma (ethics and duties)
• Samsara (rebirth)
• Karma (right action)
• Moksha (liberation from the cycle of Samsara)

 

Hinduism is a way of life, a Dharma, that is, the law that governs all action. It has its own beliefs, traditions, advanced system of ethics, meaningful rituals, philosophy and theology. The religious tradition of Hinduism is solely responsible for the creation of such original concepts and practices as Yoga, Ayurveda, Vastu, Jyotish, Yajna, Puja, Tantra, Vedanta, Karma, etc.

 

Hinduism also stresses truth, honesty, non-violence, celibacy, cleanliness, contentment, prayers, austerity, perseverance, penance, and pious company.

 

Barbados has more than 2,000 Indians living on the island, many of whom recently came from Guyana. Because of the huge Indian population, Hinduism became one of the growing religions of Barbados.

 

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