Hinduism Religious Traditions and Sacred Elements

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The Hindu religion developed and is most popular in the country of India, although the religion quickly spread throughout Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. This being said, the reader needs to quickly realize that the Religion of Hinduism has steadily become popular throughout the entire world. The Vedas, other scriptures and historical customs have all conditioned the Indian people to accept their social roles.


Traditions dictate that marrying someone should be within the same Caste or Jati. Which can be loosely explained as marrying someone having the same language, diet, and religious belief system. One more category that is looked upon greatly is for the marrying couple to be within the same profession level or at least their family members are among the same occupational background. (Schlessinger Media, 2003) With today's global economy and environment this belief, although still widely practiced is becoming scrutinized and rebelled against. To give an example; the Arthur uses at a 21-year-old female who was born the lowest of the Caste system, a (Untouchable).

Her grandfather, father and brothers might have had jobs like either removing human wastes or corpses from the streets or they might have worked with the leather of dead cows. This woman is talented, she can think for herself and she gets offered a job at a new (state-of-the-art) computer customer service center that is going to pay her 5 times the amount her father is paid. As tradition dictates this type of job is against their Hedonistic beliefs. Considering their poverty level however, it is the author's opinion; it would be completely ridiculous of the family to not allow their daughter to pursue a higher paying job. A concern of the family, of course, is the high possibility of the girl meeting and maintaining relationships with higher Caste membership.