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Few countries in the world have such an ancient and diverse culture as Indias Indias physical religious and racial variety is as important as the history of how it become what Modern India In India religion is very important to the people It is a major part of the entire Indian tradition For the majority of Indians religion takes over every aspect of life from commonplace daily chores to education and politics Hinduism is the dominant faith practiced by over 80 of the population Besides Hindus Muslims are the most prominent religious group and are an essential part of Indian society Common practices are now a part of most religious faiths and all communities share many of the festivals that mark each year with music dance and feasting Each has its own pilgrimage sites heroes legends and even culinary specialties mingling in a unique diversity Hinduism and Buddhism are very similar being the most practiced by the Indians The exact explanation of Hinduism cannot be easily defined There is no unique philosophy that forms the basis of the faith of the majority of Indias population It cannot be traced to a specific founder nor does it have a holy book as a basic scriptural guide Unlike most other religions Hinduism does not advocate the worship of one particular deity One may worship Shiva or Vishnu or Rama or Krishna or some other gods and goddesses or one may believe in the Supreme Spirit or the Indestructible Soul within each individual and still be called a good Hindu This gives an indication of the kind of contrasts this religion is marked by At one end of the scale it is an exploration of the Ultimate Reality at the other end there are cults that worship spirits trees and animals Buddhism another religion followed by in India originated as an offshoot of Hinduism but eventually it became popular all over Asia Buddhism is based
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