Understanding the Essential Nature of Hinduism
Synopsis: Understanding the essential nature, character, diversity, origin and historical development of Hinduism from its prehistoric roots, and why Hinduism is unlike any other religion which you may know and why it is difficult to understand it.
How old is Hinduism?
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions of the world. It is undoubtedly the oldest of the living religions. Hidden in its layers are traces of many ancient practices that have been erased completely over time from the memories of the earth. The European historians of early 20th century grudgingly accepted the period of Indian history as beginning around 2500 B.C. with the supposed origin of its predecessor, the Vedic religion. However, subsequent studies by indologists suggest that Hinduism is much older. Its antiquity is difficult to fathom because it does not have a founder and does not fit into the western definition of a religion. Hinduism is a complex tradition, which evolved out of the amalgamation of numerous indigenous cultures, subcultures and practices of the indian subcontinent, not just Vedism or Brahmanism. Just as it is difficult to trace the exact origin of the human civilization, it is difficult to measure the antiquity of Hinduism.