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Where Did Hinduism Start?

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Hinduism originated in India.
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Mehreen Misbah answered
Hinduism was developed by the Aryans. As rare of an occurrence as it sounds, the Aryan culture borrowed many features of their culture from the Indus Valley Civilization, which they destroyed. For instance, just like the Indus Valley inhabitants, the Aryans also had a caste system in which the Brahmins belonged to the top class. Also the Indus Valley Civilization people worshipped the bull while the Aryans also worshipped a similar animal that is the cow. It is learned that the shaping of Hinduism took place in the land, which is now modern Pakistan by the Aryans. Over the years, the religion of Hinduism began to develop in the region of Pakistan as is found from literary evidence – the ancient Hindu religious texts contained names of many places that were based in northern Punjab. Moreover the tradition of idol worship was initiated by the Aryans in inspiration to the Indus Valley Civilization as before that people used to seek for worship just natural phenomena and not actual stone statues.
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Ellie Hoe answered
The word Hinduism is actually a modern English derivation of the word Hindu which is commonly believed to be the name of the religion indigenously practiced by the natives of that region. However, it is a common misconception. All people living in India, 'Hind' as it is called in Sanskrit or Arabic are Hindus regardless of their belief systems. Hinduism would more precisely be called Vedantism as the followers of ancient Aryan and Dravidian Vedas scribed by ancient sages and religious leaders. Hinduism is a derivation of 'Hind' and everyone living in India is a Hindu.
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It began with aryan who arrived in india
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jaimin patel answered
It came from india but no one knows from who
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Arsalan Maqbool answered
According to many theories and according to many historians , Hinduism was first founded almost 5000 years ago.The bases of Hinduism was first brought by Aryans.
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Only 180 years ago Raja Ram Raja Roy coined the word 'Hindu' to describe the huge variety of faiths and sects with similar but not identical philosophies, myths and rituals.
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Aishwarya Ravi answered
hinduism is said to be the oldest religion of the world... It have been existed more than thousands years ago...
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Hinduism came from peeps each side of the river indus coming together to form a religion

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Hinduism came from vedantha philosophy. Which is not exists anytime in the earth, it is spread from mouth to mouth and person to person and generation to generation.
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Alishan Samdani answered
Hinduism is with no doubt one of the world's oldest religions and its signs of starting go all the way back to 5500–2600BCE. To get all the details about its founders and dates please visit Hinduism.
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Where did Hinduism come from

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  Hinduism is the world's oldest extant religion, with a billion followers, which makes it the world's third largest religion. Hinduism is a conglomeration of religious, philosophical, and cultural ideas and practices that originated in India, characterized by the belief in reincarnation, one absolute being of multiple manifestations, the law of cause and effect, following the path of righteousness, and the desire for liberation from the cycle of births and deaths.

How and when did Hinduism originate?

Hinduism has its origins in such remote past that it cannot be traced to any one individual. Some scholars believe that Hinduism must have existed even in circa 10000 B.C. And that the earliest of the Hindu scriptures – The Rig Veda – was composed well before 6500 B.C. The word "Hinduism" is not to be found anywhere in the scriptures, and the term "Hindu" was introduced by foreigners who referred to people living across the River Indus or Sindhu, in the north of India, around which the Vedic religion is believed to have originated.

Founder of Hinduism ( ?)

Hinduism cannot be described as an organized religion. It is not founded by any individual. Hinduism is God centered and therefore one can call Hinduism as founded by God, because the answer to the question ‘Who is behind the eternal principles and who makes them work?’ will have to be ‘Cosmic power, Divine power, God’

Swami Vivekananda wrote:
There are these eternal principles, which stand upon their own foundations without depending on any reasoning, even much less on the authority of sages however great, of Incarnations however brilliant they may have been. We may remark that as this is the unique position in India, our claim is that the Vedanta only can be the universal religion, that it is already the existing universal religion in the world, because it teaches principles and not persons.
[The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, III,
Topic 'The Sages of India']

Swami Vivekananda wrote:
If you want to be religious, enter not the gate of any organized religion. They do a hundred times more evil than good, because they stop the growth of each one's individual development.... Religion is only between you and your God, and no third person must come between you. Think what these organized religions have done! What Napoleon was more terrible than those religious persecutions? If you and I organize, we begin to hate every person . It is better not to love, if loving only means hating others. That is no love. That is hell! If loving your own people means hating everybody else, it is the quintessence of selfishness and brutality, and the effect is that it will make you brutes.
-The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume I,
Topic 'The Gita III']

Swami Vivekananda wrote:
Truth is of two kinds: (1) that which is cognizable by the five ordinary senses of man, and by reasoning's based thereon; (2) that which is cognizable by the subtle, super-sensuous power of Yoga.

Knowledge acquired by the first means is called science; and knowledge acquired by the second is called the Vedas.

The whole body of super sensuous truths, having no beginning or end, and called by the name of Vedas, is ever existent. The Creator Himself is creating, preserving and destroying the universe with the help of these truths.

The person in whom this super-sensuous power is manifested is called a Rishi, and the super-sensuous truths, which he realizes by this power, are called the Vedas.

This Rishihood, this power of super-sensuous perception of the Vedas, is real religion. And so long as this does not develop in the life of an initiate, so long is religion a mere empty word to him, and it is to be understood that he has not taken yet the first step in religion.

The authority of the Vedas extends to all ages, climes and persons; that is to say, their application is not confined to any particular place, time and persons.

The Vedas are the only exponent of the universal religion.

(courtesy:  About.com  and hinduism.co.za )
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Hinduism originated in India (Asia), but the Hindu people actually came from the country of Bangledesh, east of India. First, Hinduism was a small religion, compared to other various religions. More and more people were Hindu, and grew to be one of the most major religions in the world.
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Hinduism actually started in south america and all the hindu people were forced to migrate to india by the latinos during world War 2. The people then found that they had to build a whole new civilization and started building new delhi in 540 B.C. And suring that time the emperor, who was incredibly religious, made laws to enforce the hinduism ways. From then to now hinduism has strengthened and will continue until, estimated, 2012
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Hinduism, a popular name for Sanatan Dharma, has been evolved as a way of life and has no single founder. And which is why the year or even the century when it came into existence is almost impossible to determine.

Sanatan Dharma is followed by the third largest population in the world and the majority of Hindus live in India. Nepal also contributes substantially and even officially declared itself as a Hindu state; the only country in the world to do that.

The four Vedas are the main religious text of this religion and it has some other widely read scriptures also; the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas. The Bhagvad Gita, a part of the Mahabharata is one of the widely studied scripture in the world today and even management gurus looked at it to get insight.

The prime deities of Sanatan dharma are Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva) in their various forms.

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