About This Chapter
Who's it for?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering introductory world religions material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn world religions. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding the origins of Hinduism, the sacred texts or Hindu ceremonies
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning social science (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about Hinduism
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra social science learning resources
How it works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the World Religion: Hinduism chapter exam.
Why it works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the World Religion: Hinduism chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any Hinduism question. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Hinduism unit of a standard introduction to world religions course. Topics covered include:
- The Indus River Valley, the Harappa culture and the origins of Hinduism
- The Vedas
- The Vedic and Upanishadic periods
- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva
- The Bhagavad Gita's Story of Arjuna and Krishna
- The epic of Ramayana
- The Hindu belief system
- The laws of Manu and Hindu castes
- The four stages of life
- The four goals of Hindu life
- Hindu rituals, festivals and ceremonies
- Mohandas Gandhi and the invasion of Western cultures
- Hinduism's reaction to the West
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. The Bhagavad Gita's Story of Arjuna & Krishna: The Three Paths to Salvation
This lesson will focus on the sacred Hindu text of the Bhagavad Gita. In doing so, it will also highlight Hinduism's belief in the Three Paths to Salvation, known as the Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yogas.
6. The Epic of Ramayana: Importance of the Vishnu
This lesson is a summary of the famous Hindu epic of 'Ramayana.' In summarizing this great love story, it will focus on Hindu virtues, like loyalty and duty. It will also highlight the deity of Vishnu.
7. The Hindu Belief System: Dharma, Karma, and Moksha
This lesson will explore the Hindu belief system by explaining the concepts of karma, dharma and moksha. It will also highlight the importance of atman within the Hindu faith.
8. Hindu Castes and the Laws of Manu
This lesson will seek to explain the complex Hindu castes of Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra, and the Untouchables. It will also highlight the Laws of Manu.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Hindu Rituals, Ceremonies, and Festivals
This lesson will explore the rituals and ceremonies of Hinduism. It will explain the concept of puja, while also highlighting upanayana, antyeshti, Holi, Diwali, and cow veneration.
12. 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.
13. Theosophy and Hinduism's Reaction to the West
This lesson will seek to explain the beliefs of the modern religious movement known as Theosophy. In doing so, it will highlight its link to Hinduism and its ties to the West.
14. Moksha in Hinduism: Definition & Overview
The idea that the highest level of being is the freedom from impermanent human life is one that runs through several Eastern religions. This article will explore the Hinduism concept of the escape from the worldly self, known as moksha.
15. What Is Dharma in Hinduism? - Definition & Overview
What is dharma in Hinduism? Can a concept from Hinduism be applied to broader sociological as well as personal beliefs? We'll take a brief look at what Hinduism is, and then at the historical accounts of dharma.
16. What Is Reincarnation in Hinduism? - Definition & Cycle
What is reincarnation in Hinduism? Is there an inevitable goal or is it something that happens? Explore some of the ideas behind Hinduism's reincarnation, karma, and the cycle of rebirth.
17. Golden Age of India: History
During the Golden Age of India, knowledge thrived while Hinduism and Buddhism reached new heights. In this lesson, learn more about the empire that led this golden age and its accomplishments.
18. The God Vishnu: Incarnations, Attributes & Facts
Vishnu is understood as the Preserver in Hinduism, so it is not surprising that he and his many incarnations are worshiped more than any other Hindu gods. Learn more about these incarnations and Vishnu in this lesson.
19. Mandalas: History & Examples
This lesson introduces the mandala, a form of Buddhist art. Learn when the mandala first appeared, what it represents, common symbols, and how a mandala is used.
20. Hindu Goddess Saraswati: Origin, Story & Facts
Saraswati is the consort of the creator god, Brahma. She is the incarnation of wisdom and was created to bring order to his creation. Let's learn more about Saraswati and her stories in this lesson.
21. Hindu Denominations: Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism & Smartism
Most Hindus subscribe to a particular sect that focuses on the worship of one or a handful of gods. In this lesson, we'll explore the sects with the largest following: Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism, and Smartism.
22. What are the Puranas? - Mahapuranas, Upapuranas, Sthala & Skanda
The Puranas are ancient Hindu texts that tell stories of the creation of the world, legends of the gods, and explanations of how to perform religious rituals. Read more about the different types of Puranas in this lesson.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the Introduction to World Religions: Help and Review course
- Bygone Religions: Help and Review
- World Religion: Buddhism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Confucianism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Taoism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Islam: Help and Review
- World Religion: Judaism: Help and Review
- World Religion: Christianity: Help and Review
- Catholic Saints
- Overview of Jainism
- The Apostles