Differences Between Judaism And Hinduism Essay

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Countries all around the world have established various religions with different gods and beliefs, but always the same idea of worship. Maybe of these walks of life have similarities such as related religious texts between Judaism and Christianity. Two other main religions emerged in South Asia around three millennia ago known as Buddhism and Hinduism (Messina, 1) (Messina, 8). These two religions have many contrasting features, but there are still details about them that match up. They believed in similar basic ideas such as encouraging nonviolence, the cycle of rebirth, karma, and dharma (Ellis and Esler, 80). All the same, their origins, ultimate goal, and ways of achieving those goals varied. In the Indian subcontinent, there are two leading religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. But how these two religions came about vary. While both polytheistic beliefs emerged in India, they had different founders. Hinduism has no clear founder, and instead came to be through cultural diffusion that ensued with the arrival of the Aryans in India (Class notes). The Aryans were a nomadic, warlike people that came into India through the Hindu Kush. Upon arriving in India, they settled down, dominating the northern parts of India between the periods of 3,000 B.C. to 1,500 B.C. (Messina, 1) They brought their own gods, who became intermingled with local tribes’ gods, thus creating the religion of Hinduism. Buddhism, contrary to Hinduism, can be accredited to a single man. The man is Buddha,…

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