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Ch 3: Overview of Hinduism

About This Chapter

The Overview of Hinduism chapter of this History of Major World Religions Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study important Hindu teachings and figures. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with Hinduism.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Hinduism material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn about the history of Hinduism. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who want to learn a broad topic in a short amount of time
  • Students who are looking for easy ways to identify the most important information on the topic
  • Students who have fallen behind in memorizing events and people associated with Hinduism
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about world religions (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who have limited time to study for an upcoming exam

How It Works:

  • Watch each video in the course to review all key topics.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with a short quiz.
  • Complete your review with the Hinduism chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: The lessons in this course cover only information you need to know.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Take the Hinduism chapter exam to make sure you're prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any world religion question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Hinduism for a standard world religion course. Topics covered include:

  • The beginning of Hinduism in the Indus River Valley
  • The Vedas and other Hindu religious texts
  • Overview of major figures in Hindu deity
  • Definitions of karma, artha, dharma and moksha
  • Gandhi and Indian independence

16 Lessons in Chapter 3: Overview of Hinduism
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

1. The Origins of Hinduism: the Indus River Valley & the Harappa Culture

This lesson will seek to explain the origins of Hinduism. Highlighting the Harappa culture and the Vedic period, it will also explore the Hindu beliefs in Moksha and Brahman.

Mohandas Gandhi and the British Invasion

2. Mohandas Gandhi and the British Invasion

This lesson will explore the life of Mahatma Mohandas Gandhi. It will explain his role in India's independence while also highlighting the concepts of satyagraha and brahmacharya.

The Vedas: Hinduism's Sacred Texts

3. The Vedas: Hinduism's Sacred Texts

This lesson will explore the ancient Hindu texts known collectively as the Vedas. It will stress the importance of the Rig-Veda, while also explaining the roles of the three lesser Yajur, Sama and Atharva Vedas.

The Vedic and Upanishadic Periods: Description, Influences & Texts

4. The Vedic and Upanishadic Periods: Description, Influences & Texts

This lesson will define the Vedic and Upanishadic periods of Hinduism. In doing so, it will discuss the Harappa culture, the melding with Aryan culture, the sacred Vedas and the birth of the concept of Karma.

Hindu Deity: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva

5. Hindu Deity: Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva

This lesson will explore the Hindu system of belief in reference to its deities. It will explain the concept of Brahman, while also explaining the attributes of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

The Four Goals of Hindu Life: Kama, Artha, Dharma & Moksha

6. The Four Goals of Hindu Life: Kama, Artha, Dharma & Moksha

This lesson will seek to explain the four permissible goals of Hindu life. In doing so, it will define the ancient concepts of kama, artha, dharma and moksha.

Hinduism: The Four Stages of Life

7. Hinduism: The Four Stages of Life

This lesson will define and explore the four stages of Hindu life. In doing so, it will highlight the stages of the Student, the Householder, the Hermit, and the Sannyasin.

The Hindu Goddess Kali: Story, Symbols & Facts

8. The Hindu Goddess Kali: Story, Symbols & Facts

This lesson explores the Hindu goddess Kali and the complex meanings surrounding her. An account of her appearance, background, and worship will be given, as well as an interpretation of her place in Hindu devotion.

Forms of the Goddess Kali: Classic, Mahakali, Daksinakali & Shamshan Kali

9. Forms of the Goddess Kali: Classic, Mahakali, Daksinakali & Shamshan Kali

Kali is one of the most complex deities you'll find, and this is represented in her many forms. In this lesson, we'll examine her four most widely utilized ones and see what this iconography represents.

The Hindu God Krishna: History, Legends & Names

10. The Hindu God Krishna: History, Legends & Names

This lesson outlines the basic characteristics of the Hindu God Krishna. We explore the various ways that he is represented and the functions that he plays within Hindu devotion.

Who is the Hindu God Ganesha? - Symbols & Meaning

11. Who is the Hindu God Ganesha? - Symbols & Meaning

Ganesha is one of the easiest Hindu deities to identify - he is depicted with a human body and an elephant head, often astride a giant rat. Read this lesson to learn more about Ganesha and his symbols.

What is the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival? - Meaning & History

12. What is the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival? - Meaning & History

This lesson will examine the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. We will look at the history and symbolism of the festival and learn some new and interesting facts about the Hindu religion.

Hindu God Kartikeya: Names & Story

13. Hindu God Kartikeya: Names & Story

Epic fights between gods and demons are not unusual to Hinduism, and Kartikeya's story is no different - in fact, he was created for the purpose of defeating a demon. Read more about Kartikeya's story in this lesson.

Hindu Goddess Parvati: Story & Other Names

14. Hindu Goddess Parvati: Story & Other Names

Parvati is the mother of two important Hindu gods, Kartikeya and Ganesha, and the consort of Shiva the destroyer, but you may not know much about her. Learn more about Parvati and her various incarnations in this lesson.

Hindu Goddess Lakshmi: History, Facts & Names

15. Hindu Goddess Lakshmi: History, Facts & Names

Have you ever wondered how the festival of Diwali started? Read this lesson to learn more about the origins of Diwali, which commemorates the goddess Lakshmi, as well as more about Lakshmi's history and incarnations.

Hindu Goddess Durga: History & Names

16. Hindu Goddess Durga: History & Names

According to Hindu legend, the dark, demon-slaying goddess Kali emerged from the goddess Durga. Learn more about Durga in this lesson, including her history and various forms.

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