Fast Facts

• Has been in existence, in some form, since 1,000 BCE. There is no known single founder. It is often called the “oldest living religion”.
• Countless sects and religions have been formed from Hinduism. Some of these include, Shaivism, Vaishnavism, and Shrauta.
• The basic beliefs of Hinduism are those of complete freedom of belief and worship. Practices generally involved seeking awareness of God.
• Hinduism encompasses monotheistic, polytheistic, and atheist belief systems.
• Common themes in Hinduism include ethics and duties, the continuing cycle of life and birth, karma, and the various Yogas (paths and practices).
• Has over one billion followers. Most of these live on the Indian subcontinent.