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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hinduism, Hindooismnoun

    the religion of most people in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal

  2. Hinduism, Hindooismnoun

    a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils

Wiktionary

  1. Hinduismnoun

    A religion, philosophy and culture native to India, characterized by the belief in reincarnation and a supreme oneness personified in many forms and natures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hinduismnoun

    the religious doctrines and rites of the Hindoos; Brahmanism

Freebase

  1. Hinduism

    Hinduism is the majority religion of the Indian subcontinent, particularly of Nepal and India. Hinduism includes Shaivism, Vaishnavism and Śrauta among numerous other traditions. Among other practices and philosophies, Hinduism includes a wide spectrum of laws and prescriptions of "daily morality" based on karma, dharma, and societal norms. Hinduism is a categorisation of distinct intellectual or philosophical points of view, rather than a rigid, common set of beliefs. Hinduism consists of many diverse traditions and has no single founder. Among its direct roots is the historical Vedic religion of Iron Age India and, as such, Hinduism is often called the "oldest living religion" or the "oldest living major religion" in the world. One orthodox classification of Hindu texts is to divide into Śruti and Smriti texts. These texts discuss theology, philosophy, mythology, rituals and temple building among other topics. Major scriptures include the Vedas, Upanishads, Purāṇas, Mahābhārata, Rāmāyaṇa, Manusmriti, Bhagavad Gītā and Āgamas. Hinduism, with about one billion followers, is the world's third largest religion, after Christianity and Islam.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Hinduism

    the name given to certain forms of religion among the Hindus, the characteristics of which are the worship of divinities exalted above the rest, and the highly concrete and intensely personal conception of these, which comes out in sundry accounts respecting them of a biographical nature which divinities are identified either with Çiva or Vishnu, and their religions called Çivaite or Vishnuite, while their respective followers are styled Çaivas or Vishnavas.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Hinduism

    A complex body of social, cultural, and religious beliefs and practices evolved in and largely confined to the Indian subcontinent and marked by a caste system, an outlook tending to view all forms and theories as aspects of one eternal being and truth, and the practice of the way of works, the way of knowledge, or the way of devotion as a means of release from the round of rebirths. (From Webster, 3d ed)

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hinduism in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hinduism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Hinduism in a Sentence

  1. Romila Thapar:

    I think it does make a difference to those who feel that these rituals uphold the grandeur of Hinduism, and so they take pride in that, they see that the state is putting in so much money, and they justify it by arguing that 'we are the rightful citizens and the state should put money into our events'.

  2. Karen Charboneau-Harrison:

    What we do here is we celebrate the world wisdom traditions, we have books about Hinduism, Buddhism, Goddess Spirituality, Native American shamanism, really the gamut. So what we are about is people's spiritual paths.

  3. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar:

    I shall have no faith in Rama and Krishna who are believed to be incarnation of God nor shall I worship them. I thereby reject my old religion, Hinduism, which is detrimental to the prosperity of human kind and which discriminates between man and man and which treats me as inferior.

  4. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    108 is a special sacred number in Eastern cultures and Hinduism, the most ancient religion in our world. To illustrate, Shivaganas are 108 in number, and therefore Shaiva's disciples use 108 Rudraksha beaded lace for their japa. They also recite supreme lord Shiva's 108 names daily during their morning Shivapuja. Likewise, in Gaudiya Vaishnavism, there are 108 gopis of Vrindavan. Srivaishnavism has 108 Divya Kshetras of Lord Vishnu, called as 108 Divya Desam. It's surely fascinating to know the religious significance and sacredness of 108.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    In Hinduism, there is a concept of "Trimurti", or the Great Trinity or the Supreme Power, which embodies the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction. These three cosmic functions are personified, in the Hinduism, by the forms of Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer of evil. In my view, the word God also signifies, in it's three letters, these three cosmic functions of the Great Trinity from Hinduism, i.e. Generation, Organization and Destruction. I find it interesting that the concept of Great Trinity from ancient Eastern culture has been the basis for many faiths in the Western culture. It's amazing!

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