Introduction

Hinduism began in India over 5000 years ago, and it has been evolving ever since. There are many Hindus elsewhere in Asia, in Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe. Their faith is as varied as their geographical spread. Some Hnduis believe in one god, others honour many gods, or believe that the faith's many deities are all aspects of one supreme being.

Many of their other beliefs vary, for there is not standard creed and no standard rituals. But all Hindus share the idea of rebirth, believing that all living things are part of an ongoing process of life, death, and rebirth. Hindus seek to break out of this cycle by means of moksha, or release. The concept of Dharma means law, duty, justice, and virtuousness, emphasizing that correct behaviour is central to the faith.

Wilkinson, P, Charing, D (2004), Encyclopedia of Religion, Dorling Kindersley, London, p. 28.

"Hinduism is more a culture than a creed"

Radhakrishan, Former President of India