What is the definition of Hinduism?

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Hinduism is a religion—the oldest extant religion, according to some historians. It is important to note, however, that Hinduism cannot be defined as an organized religion with a list of rules to follow. Rather, it is a form of spirituality, and each adherent’s practice of Hinduism is influenced by their...

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Hinduism is a religion—the oldest extant religion, according to some historians. It is important to note, however, that Hinduism cannot be defined as an organized religion with a list of rules to follow. Rather, it is a form of spirituality, and each adherent’s practice of Hinduism is influenced by their region and their community. Hinduism is also a culture and a way of life that its followers, most of whom reside in India, follow.

While Hindu culture, beliefs, and practices vary tremendously, Hindus are united by their belief in the divine nature of the Vedas, which are religious texts, and their belief in a Supreme Reality. Hindus are also generally known for their belief in reincarnation, their peaceful approach to life, and their view that all religions are essentially correct and point to one higher being.

The Hindu faith recognizes various deities, such as Shiva, Vishnu, and Desi. With many deities come many celebrations, and numerous Hindu festivals take place throughout the year. These include Diwali, which is the festival of lights, and Holi, which is the festival of color.

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