Religions of Asia :Family life (Text to Text (Hinduism (Men and women have…
Religions of Asia :Family life
Text to Text
Men and women have very different roles in hindu society
Dowry (The bride and her family give money and valuables to the groom) is now illegal but many hindus still participate.(banned in 1961)
Eldest male is head of the family
All property is passed on from father to son
Only men may be brahman priests and lead public warship
Women make all decisions about running the household
Women tend to take charge of the family’s traditions.
“In the west, you marry who you love. In India, you love who you marry”
Most marriages in india are arranged due to the hindu tradition
A hindu marriage that is not arranged is called a love match
Friends or neighbors arrange marriages for their kids
Buddhas see family as the foundation to the community
Husbands and wives are expected to honour, respect and be faithful to each other
Parents are expected to raise their children as buddhists
Children are expected to obey their their parents and preserve family traditions
Abortion is condemned as the taking of one's life
Divorce is not forbidden
The Buddha encouraged the buddhists to treat their friends with respect generosity kind words integrity and helpfulness
Dharma is the teachings of the buddha / one's personal duty
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Unlike the catholic church, Buddhists and Hindus believe in arranged marriages. neighbors and friends can arrange marriage for their children. One quote from the textbook I found was “In the west, you marry who you love. In India, you love who you marry”. Much like the 10 commandments from the catholic church, Buddhists have expectations like children are expected to obey they parents and preserve family traditions. The commandment similar is thou must obey thy mother and father. Also Buddhists believe in Karma which means do good and good will come to you. This is related to the christian golden rule, treat others the way you want to be treated.
Text to self
We are called to dialogue with the religions of Asia to keep peace in the world and to expand our knowledge on religion. Some ways you could dialogue with someone that follows an Asian religion is by sharing traditions that you partake in and talk about rituals. One example is how pope Francis met up with Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Sikhs in a conference where they spoke about similarities from their religions.
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this video shows a Buddhist leader explain the roles and responsibilities of family members following the Buddhist faith on a tv show.