Hinduism

Definitions of Hinduism
  1. noun
    a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
    synonyms: Hindooism
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    Darsana
    (from the Sanskrit word for `to see') one of six orthodox philosophical systems or viewpoints on the nature of reality and the release from bondage to karma
    Mimamsa
    (from the Sanskrit word for `reflection' or `interpretation') one of six orthodox philosophical systems or viewpoints on ritual traditions rooted in the Vedas and the Brahmanas as opposed to Vedanta which relies mostly on the Upanishads
    Vedanta
    (from the Sanskrit for `end of the Veda') one of six orthodox philosophical systems or viewpoints rooted in the Upanishads as opposed to Mimamsa which relies on the Vedas and Brahmanas
    Krishnaism
    worship of Krishna the 8th avatar of Vishnu
    Shivaism, Sivaism
    worship of Shiva one of the 3 chief gods of the Hindu pantheon
    Saktism, Shaktism
    worship of Shakti as the wife of Shiva
    Vaishnavism, Vaisnavism, Vishnuism
    worship of Vishnu one of the 3 chief gods of the Hindu pantheon
    yoga
    Hindu discipline aimed at training the consciousness for a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility that is achieved through the three paths of actions and knowledge and devotion
    Vedism
    the form of Hinduism that revolves primarily around the mythic version and ritual ideologies in the Vedas
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    faith, religion, religious belief
    a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny
  2. noun
    the religion of most people in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal
    synonyms: Hindooism
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    Brahmanism, Brahminism
    the religious and social system of orthodox Hinduism
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    faith, organized religion, religion
    an institution to express belief in a divine power
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