|Hindu goddesses Saraswati (left) and Lakshmi (center), and the elephant-headed god Ganesh|
Today's Learning Objective Explain the major beliefs and practice of the religion of Hinduism.
An Introduction to Hinduism Today we begin to learn about Hinduism, one of the oldest religions in the world. For more than 2,500 years, Hinduism has been the major religion of India. Over the course of the next couple of weeks, we will learn about and examine Hinduism from multiple sources and perspectives. As you learn about this fascinating and complex religion, I am going to ask you keep track of relevant facts and information you discover using the document Hinduism Study Guide (A Central Idea and Its Parts) (which can be found in your Social Studies folders). Please use the Study Guide to also make note of your sources of information.
Our first source will be the video "Introduction to Hinduism" featured below. As you watch, make note of the information you learn that you believe is most essential to understanding the religion.
Hinduism: Sacred Texts and Belief in God(s) We will now read an excerpt (below) from your Social Studies textbook Ancient Civilizations focused on some of the sacred texts of Hinduism and two of its core beliefs. Continue to make note of what you learn using your Hinduism Study Guide.