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Hinduism What are the world’s major religions and who were their founders? [6.1.3] Vedas Aryan religion was based on the Vedas – 4 main Vedas; each with their own sacred hymns & poems – Praises many gods Was basis for Indian religion for centuries… – Then was blended with ideas from other countries to form Hinduism Hindu Beliefs Believe in many gods. Brahman created the world and preserves it. –Believe EVERYTHING in the world is part of Brahman. –It is the reality. Brahma the Creator Siva the Destroyer Vishnu the Preserver Life and Rebirth Everybody has a soul (atman) inside them. Ultimate goal is to unite your soul with Brahmam –May take multiple lifetimes. –Reincarnation Souls are born and reborn. Karma and Dharma Person who has died will be reborn. –Good or bad in next life is decided by your karma Karma- effects actions have on your soul. Taught each person has a duty to accept their place without complaint –This is obeying dharma Popularity Popular with ALL levels of society. –By accepting their place in society it helped preserve the caste system.