Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest and biggest religions. So we were wondering, what is Hinduism’s history?
According to Pew Research, there are more than 1 billion people in the world who adhere to Hinduism in some capacity. Religion scholars estimate that Hinduism dates back as far as 3000 BCE, near the modern border of Pakistan and India.
One of the world’s oldest surviving major religions, Hinduism extends well into philosophy and culture. It shares certain concepts like karma and reincarnation with other belief systems, including Buddhism and Jainism. Hindus also believe in three primary deities: Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. Some Hindus see these three as manifestations of one principal cosmic spirit called brahman-a genderless and all-powerful figure. By and large, though, Hinduism does not have a standard method of worship or religious laws. It’s considered one of the world’s most tolerant religions for this reason.
The world’s Hindu population is expected to grow, with most of the increase in south Asia. By 2050, Hinduism is expected to grow to 1.4 billion people worldwide.
The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050
“The religious profile of the world is rapidly changing, driven primarily by differences in fertility rates and the size of youth populations among the world’s major religions, as well as by people switching faiths.”
“Hinduism is the religion of the majority of people in India and Nepal. ”
“Vishnu is the second god in the Hindu triumvirate (or Trimurti).”
“There are about 1 billion Hindus around the world, representing 15% of the global population.”