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Fast Facts on Hinduism

Hindu statistics, history, beliefs and practices at a glance.

Names

Hinduism; Hindu; hindoeïsme; hinduismo; Hindoo; sanatama dharma

Etymology

Persian hindu, Sanskrit sindhu, literally "river," meaning "of the Indus Valley" or "Indian." First used by British writers in the 19th century.

Adherents

1 billion

History

Indigenous religion of India as developed to present day. Earliest forms (Vedic religion) date to 1500 BCE or earlier; major developments 1st-9th centuries CE.

Beliefs

One Supreme Reality (Brahman) manifested in many gods and goddesses. Reincarnation based on karma.

Practices

Yoga, meditation, worship (puja), devotion to a god or goddess, pilgrimage to holy cities, live according to one's dharma (purpose/ role).

Main Holidays

Holi, Diwali, Mahashivaratri

Texts

Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, etc.

Symbols

lotus, swastika, trisula, om

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UpdatedNovember 20, 2016
MLA Citation“Fast Facts on Hinduism.” ReligionFacts.com. 20 Nov. 2016. Web. Accessed 9 Dec. 2016. <www.religionfacts.com/hinduism/facts>

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