First of all, as a Hindu
who has been raised by Hindu
parents, I'm seriously insulted by some of these definitions! A Hindu
is not a hippie, by definiton. Hinduism is not polytheism. Jains are not Hindus. And we are not evil blood-sucking vegetarians
or whatever the hell you think.
Okay, Hinduism is not actually
a religion. Just
thought I'd clear that
up. A Hindu
was one who lives in the Indus Valley Civilization, near the Indus river. They were the most
advanced people in the world
(we invented the sewer system, bitch!). They had many different religions that
were very similiar, such as Advaita.
monotheistic. God is one but exists in different forms. You can pray
to one form
for strength and protection, and pray
to another form
for wisdom and knowledge. It keeps things
simple. Each form
has a female counterpart, but once again, these are simply incarnations. There is only one God. When you pray
to Vishnu, you're just
praying to God. When you pray
to Durga, you're still
praying to God.
from the Hindu
civilization have been merged to form
the religion we know
today as Hinduism. Those who are Hindus by blood are the descendants of this great civilization. Those who convert
aren't, but they're cool anyway.
in temples. The 'dot on the forehead' is known as a bindi. It's there for medical reasons, actually
. Those really old scientists knew that that
above where your eyebrows meet is also an important place for the nerves in your brain.