Essay Ancient Religions of India
Hinduism was formally known as the old Brahmanic religion or Brahmanism. Brahmanism has no single founder but can be traced back to the late Neolithic in the early …show more content…
Jainism built off concepts from Hinduism and developed them in new ways as well as added new ones. One of the first historically recorded figures for Jainism is Vardhamana Mahavira who developed and spread the concepts of Jainism. He had a disciplined order of monks and many followers which helped spread the religion (McKay, p 37). One of the first tenets of Jainism is karma. Karma in Jainism is an unseen and complex type of matter with which the soul is enmeshed or bound to (McKay, p 37). The more attachments and aversions one has to things on earth, the further bonded with karma one would become. This accumulation of karmas holds the person longer in the cycles of birth and death called samsarin.
In order for a person to attain moksha through Jainism, they had to follow ethical principles called Mahavrata or "Great Vows". These vows were Non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, celibacy, and non-possession or non-materialism. The