How Much Do You Know About Hinduism?

RELIGION

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Hinduism is practiced all around the world, but many Westerners know very little about it. Do you know the facts about Hinduism? In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of this remarkable religion. Namaste.

Hinduism is the _____ largest religion.

Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world. It comes in right after Christianity and Islam.

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"Hinduism" is derived from a _____ word.

Hinduism is derived from a Sanskrit word. It means Dwellers of the Indus River.

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What percentage of the Indian population is Hindu?

79.8% of India's population is Hindu. They also make up 15% of the world population.

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Is there a founder of Hinduism?

There is actually no founder of Hinduism. It grew out of cultural changes in India.

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What is the universal spirit of Hinduism?

Brahman is the universal spirit of Hinduism. Brahman can take many different forms.

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Who is Shiva?

Shiva is a representation of Brahman. Shiva is the destroyer of the universe, while Brahma is the creator of the universe.

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Do Hindus believe in reincarnation?

Hindus definitely believe in reincarnation of the soul. This is a kind of rebirth after death.

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The conditions in one's present life are due to __________ ?

Karma determines the conditions of your present life in Hinduism. Karma is the accumulation of good and bad behavior from past lives.

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Does the cycle of rebirth ever stop?

The cycle of rebirth does, indeed, stop. When you have achieved salvation, or moksha, you become part of the absolute soul.

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Hindus ________ other religions.

Hinduism is one of the most accepting religions of other beliefs. They believe that anyone, of any religion, can achieve salvation.

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How many major sects of Hinduism are there?

There are four major sects of Hinduism. These include Shaiva, Shakti, Smarta and Vaishnava.

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The supreme divine spirit is ______ ?

The supreme divine spirit is both male and female. Most other major religions today believe that the divine one is male.

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What is the real name of Hinduism?

Sanātana Dharma is the true name of Hinduism. It includes a set of duties and practices that must be followed by all Hindus, regardless of class, sect or caste.

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Hinduism is the _____ religion in the world.

Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. Historians believe that it dates back to 5000 B.C.

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For Hindus, the purpose of life is to attain ______ ?

For Hindus, the purpose of life is to attain enlightenment, or self-realization. They believe that this can be done by anyone from any religion.

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Mahatma Gandhi sought to ______ Hindus and Muslims.

Mahatma Gandhi sought to reconcile Hindus and Muslims. He was killed by a fanatical Hindu for his efforts.

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Do Hindus recognize a caste system?

Hindus and non-Hindus alike, in India, follow a rigid caste system. This is the hierarchical ranking in their society.

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What are the primary literary works of Hinduism?

The Vedas are the primary literary works of Hinduism. They contain sacred verses and hymns, all of which are composed in Sanskrit.

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What is the Bhagavad Gita?

The Bhagavad Gita, along with the Vedas, is considered one of the most sacred texts in Hinduism. The Upanishads is another.

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In Hinduism, is there only one path to salvation?

In Hinduism, there are three paths to salvation. These are called the margas, or yogas.

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Sanskrit is one of the ______ languages in the world.

Sanskrit is one of the oldest languages in the world. It is the most common language of Hindu scriptures.

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Hinduism strongly encourages what sort of diet?

Hinduism strongly encourages a vegetarian diet. This is something that many Hindus follow, but not all.

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How many main life goals are there in Hinduism?

Hinduism is made of four main life goals. These include dharma,or virtue; artha, or income and security; kama, or right desire; and moksha, or salvation.

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Hindus are known for their innovations in which field?

Hindus are known for their innovations in math. They created the idea of decimals and many other complex math equations.

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What is the subtle sound of the universe?

For those who practice yoga, you know that Om is the subtle sound of the universe. It can be heard in deep meditation.

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For over 5,000 years, how were the Vedas preserved?

For over 5,000 years, the Vedas were preserved through memorization. No one wrote them down!

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One of the Vedas is the _____ book in the world.

The Rig Veda is the oldest known book in the world. It has been passed down for so many generations.

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What is the largest religious gathering of human beings in the world?

Kumbh Mela is a spiritual gathering that takes place every three years in the Hindu religion. It's the largest religous gathering of human beings in the world.

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Where is the largest Hindu population?

Nepal has the highest Hindu population in the world. 81.3% of the population is Hindu.

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Which medical practice has its roots in Hinduism?

Ayurveda has its roots in Hinduism. It's a holistic, plant-based medical treatment.

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Where is the largest Hindu temple in the world?

The largest Hindu temple in the world is not even in India! It's located in Angkor, Cambodia.

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How many people practice Hinduism?

1 billion people in the world practice Hinduism. This is roughly 15% of the population.

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______ is used extensively at Hindu temples.

Turmeric is used extensively at Hindu temples. It's a tremendous natural antibiotic.

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______ has its roots in Hinduism.

Buddhism has its roots in Hinduism. It originated in India and then spread across the globe.

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Which president carried a Hindu statue with him?

Barack Obama is famous for carrying a Hindu statue with him. It is the Hanuman monkey god.

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