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India has a great number of different people from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds As a result of this Indias religions are just as numerous Besides having nearly all the worlds great religions represented India was the birthplace of Hinduism and BuddhismFinlay et al 1993 The ratio of the religions in India are five in six Indians practice Hinduism one in nine practice Islam one in forty practice Christianity one in fifty practice Sikhism one in one hundred forty five practice Buddhism and one in two hundred fifty practice some other religion or cultIndia 1998 Hinduism was started from the Indo-Aryan invasion of India approximately 2000 years before Christwwwrealtimenet 1998 Hinduism grew from Vedism the religion of the ancient Indo-European people who settled India Because it integrates a variety of heterogeneous elements Hinduism constitutes a complex but largely continuous whole and because it covers the whole life it has religious social economic literary and artistic aspects Hinduism thus resists a precise definition but a common core of characteristics most Hindus share can be identifiedHinduism 1986 Hinduism is the oldest of our worlds religions being over 3000 years old Ninety percent of the worlds Hindu population resides in IndiaHinduism 1990 It is practiced by eighty percent of the population of India over 670 million peopleFinlay et al 1993 The early immigrants to India worshipped the powers of nature and gave personalities to each of them They believe that all living things are a part of the same essence In Hinduism polytheism and idolatry are highly worshipped in The number of gods worshipped is said to be more than 300000000 The average Hindu is unlimited in his polytheismwwwrealtimenet 1998 Followers of Hinduism worship many gods but their belief stem from Brahman All other gods are an aspect of BrahmanHinduism 1990 The main gods in Brahmanism are Brahman the creator Vishnu the preserver Shiva the Destroyer and restorer and Shiakti the mother goddess which
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