Hinduism by Jasmine Jamie and Amanda (Holidays (Ganesha Chaturthi —…
by Jasmine Jamie and Amanda
Om (Aum) – the most important Hindu symbol, often used as the emblem of Hinduism. The eternal, mystical syllable; the syllable that stands for whole universe.
Lotus (padma) – symbol of purity/transcendence.it is taken as the symbol of the universe coming out of the Sun.
Conchshell – used during arati: one of the four symbols of Vishnu. The others are the lotus, club and disc.
Lotus feet (of guru or deity) – touching the feet of superiors shows an attitude of submission and service.
Cow – symbol of purity, motherhood and ahimsa (non-violence). The cow is sacred to the Hindus
Ganesha Chaturthi — celebration the birth of Ganesha, son of Shiva. Festival may last 10 days, or may be celebrated at home.
Krishna Janmashtami -- A two day festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna.
Honor Lord Shiva. The celebration involves all-night worship the night before, fasting on the day, prayer and vigil.
Holi — Festival of Colors. The celebration of spring.
Raksha Bandhan — The Bond of Protection. It celebrates brotherhood and love.
Diwali — Festival of Lights is a major holiday. It extends over 5 days and celebrates the victory of good over evil.
The Vedas, or “Books of Knowledge,” are the foremost sacred texts in Hinduism. These books, written from around 1200 BCE to 100 CE, began with four vedas, or mantras: Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda..
Hindus believe in karma
Hindus believe when people die they will come back to earth again.
Hindus don't actively attempt to convert non- Hindus to the religion
there isn't a set creed or system of beliefs that one must adhere to an order to be a hindu
Individual act more so than a communal event. More of a personal time. Worshippers repeat names of favorite gods and goddesses. They repeat mantras. Mantras are words repeated to aid in concentration during meditation. Water, fruit, flowers, and inncense are offered to gods.
there was no soul founder
one of the oldest religons
Hinduism under both Hindu and Islamic rulers from c. 1200 to 1750 CE
due to the Indian diaspora, Hindu minorities have formed in all continents, with the largest communities in absolute numbers