What Are the Problems Associated with Attempting to Define Hinduism?
What is Hinduism? Who are the Hindus? Why is there this problem of association within this religion? This paper will try to give a few simple reasons to answer this question: a brief Hindu history, the multiplicity of faith, a comparison made with Christianity (the dominant worldwide religion ). However, when trying to define, or describe, something, it is always best to start from the beginning and so let us look at Hinduism in Context.
Hinduism, perhaps the oldest religion in existence, in today’s recorded history, can be traced back to the Rig-Veda , to today’s one billion followers, most of whom still inhabit the Indian subcontinent. In fact, the word Hindu …show more content…
Whereas the Veda are the authority for everything in Hinduism, the smrti are the law and order that one must follow with regards to the relation in and with their family, society, ancestors and the gods. The smrti are also a lot more flexible than the unmovable śruti, as they are changed over time by the daily practice of Hinduism. One thing to briefly mention though, is that as the smrti means