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S: Hinduism

BC: By: Christi, Jenna, & Sarah

FC: Hinduism

1: Table Of Contents | Origin: How did Hinduism come about? Distribution: Where did it go? Diffusion: Where is it? Beliefs: the 4 sects Rituals: Ways of worship Customs: How to act Calendar: What's the difference? Holy Places: Thousands of tirthas Places of Worship: Off to the temple... Landscape: Look at the land Books & Writings: Time to Read Symbology: Some Simple Symbols Conflict: Crazy Conflict Sources

2: How did Hinduism come about? | 5,000+ years old and thought to be the oldest religion | There is no known founder. | Authors of sacred text are unknown

3: Brought to India by Aryan | Persians pronounced 'Sindu' as 'Hindu' | Religion is open to interpretation

4: From India to every continent and some islands. | Where did it go?

5: South East Asia | Where is it? | 94 percent% in India High concentrations in surrounding countries such as Nepal and Bangladesh

6: Beliefs: | Saivism | Shaktism | Siva The Compassionate One | Self discipline & philosophy Follow a Satguru Practice yoga | Divine Mother, Shakti or Devi | Chants, magic, yoga, & rituals Call cosmic forces Awake the Kundalin, power within the spine

7: Vaishnavism | Smartism | Lord Vishnu & His incarnations | Dualistic Deeply devotional Saints, temples, scriptures | Ganesha, Siva, Sakti, Vishnu, Surya, & Skandt Accepts all Hindu gods Man's oneness with god through understanding | the 4 sects

8: Ways of Worship | Some rituals are not allowed to be done by normal people and can only be performed by brahmin

9: Puja: Can be performed by anyone. Done in a sacred corner of a room of worship. Its purpose is to make Hindus aware of their duties and family god | 3 steps: | 1. Darshana 2. Bhog 3. Prosada

10: How to Act | 1. Respect for elders | 2. Purity | 3. Modesty

11: 5. Respect for guests in the home | 6. Kind body language | 4. Respect for women

12: Lunar | What's the difference?

13: Calendar: | 354 days eachyear | One extra month every 3 years

14: Thousands of tirthas | Most famous: Varanasi | Many mountains and rivers are considered holy | 7 ancient holy towns

15: Thousands of different places of pilgrimage that honor different saints or days | 4 holy dhamas correspond with the ponts on a compass | 7 ancient holy towns

16: Off to the temple... | Hindus go to these temples even though the religion doesn't require it. | Pyramids are often used, but each state has different architecture. | Must be in a comfortable position. Often near water so gods do not have to travel far.

17: Made for specific gods | Temple must be in tune with surroundings. | For Example: Sculptures carved into rock.

18: Look at the Land | Holy rivers are surrounded by towns. | The religion incorporates to surrounding natural environment.

19: Temples located on hills, forests, or river banks.

20: Time to Read | The common holy scriptures are the Vedas.

21: There are 4 parts to the Vedas. | Mantras are words of super power used in meditation. | Agames are engineering documents.

22: Some Simple Symbols | Om | Idols of gods | First syllable of many prayers. It symbolizes universe and ultimatereality. | Lotus | Beauty and non-attachment

23: Swastika | Sign of good luck and good fortune. Not having to do with the Nazis. | Emblem of the god Shiva | The universe | Trihsula | Yantra

24: Crazy Conflict | Hinduism sometimes faces conflicts with other religions within a country.

25: Such as Christianity and Islam

26: Sources: | http://hinduism.iskcon.com/practice/503.htm http://hinduism.ygoy.com/hindu-gods/temples.php http://ezinearticles.com/?Landscaping-of-Hindu-Religious-Places&id=7916 http://www.shaivam.org/hipscrip.htm http://www.ancient-symbols.com/hindu-symbols.html http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/symbols.htm http://hinduism.iskcon.com/practice/402.htm

27: http://hindugodphoto.blogspot.com/2010/07/lord-vishnu-fabulous-mythological-names.html http://www.lilitu.com.au/hindu.htm http://www.exoticindiaart.com/product/WG49/ http://www.happytellus.com/gallery.php?img_id=4911 http://www.traveltheunknown.com/photogallery/SCI/India/Sacred%20India http://veda.wikidot.com/hinduism http://bikdharma.wordpress.com/2008/03/08/vedas-and-types/ http://krovvidi.com/devotional.aspx http://www.ict.mic.ul.ie/websites/2002/Aisling_OMahony/The%20symbols%20of%20Hinduism.htm http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/symbols/aum.htm http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/symbols/lotus.htm http://www.thehindu.com/news/article80468.ece http://www.hinduismnet.com/hinduism-vedas.htm http://media.commercialappeal.com/media/img/photos/2010/03/15/India_Hindu_Festival(4)_t607.JPG http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/4592608/India-makes-cola-from-cow-urine.html http://www.religiousportal.com/SacredRivers.html http://www.klndr.org/calendarworld/calendar/Hindu_calendar http://www.kandle.ie/2008/09/17/the-cross-a-sign-of-hope/ http://www.historyguy.com/muslim_history.htm http://www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/symbols/trisula.htm | Pictures

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