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  • 1. An Introduction to Hinduism Trihsula : Emblem of the god Shiva
  • 2. The Basics
    • Polytheistic religion: Belief in many gods
    • Founded in India in the year 1500 BC (or BCE)
    • No known founder
    • Translated, Hinduism literally means “river”
    • It is the third largest religion in the world
    • Believe in reincarnation- if one fulfills the stages and lives a good life, one comes back in a better life
  • 3. A Temple in New Dehli
  • 4. Different Stages
    • Hindu religious practices center on the importance of fulfilling the duties associated both with one's social position and one's stage of life.
  • 5. Stages cont:
    • There are four stages:
      • Brahmacharga : Takes place during the school years, is focused on acquiring knowledge and developing character
      • Grastha: Middle years, is focused on worldly pursuits and pleasures such as marriage, family and career
      • Vanaprastha : When one's children reach adulthood, is a time of increased focus on spiritual things
      • Sanngasu : The last years of life, one may abandon the world entirely for a life of contemplation