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Hinduism It is not sure where the earliest practices of Hinduism came from The best evidence suggests that it originated from the Indus valley civilization around 4000 BC to 2000 BC During this time period Hinduism was influenced by many different invasions Around 1500 BC the Aryan Indo European tribes invaded Northern India With this invasion they brought their religion of Vedism The Vedic Arians influenced the practices and beliefs of the Indus valley people and gave Hinduism its distinct identity It is also said that this theory may not be accurate Some people say that the time the Arians invaded India does not agree with other historical dates What was clear was that there was a combining of cultures lead to what is Hinduism today Hinduism is not really considered a religion it is a way of life It consists of thousands of religions that have evolved in India over the years The beliefs of the Hindu religion are in short that goals like salvation transmigration and rebirth are looked upon with reverence Hindus believe that the realization of some goals is beyond us and should be made a part of our activities while we are still living They believe that everything we do Karma is accounted for by the celestial presence Chitragupta and has implication on our next life or rebirth Punarjanma The Hindus do not have one leader that tells them a sermon or oversees what they do They believe that all jivas a persons soul will move through a system of castes or there place in society There are four castes followers or unskilled workers producers such as farmers administrators and the Brahmins or seers The Brahmins are considered the leaders of Hinduism Each Hindu is expected to perform several rituals everyday as part of there worship These rituals include things like making offerings to the gods to all beings to departed souls and especially
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