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Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam The largest continent in the world is Asia. Within that continent and some other countries, three major world religions flourish. They are Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. Hinduism was the earliest religion out of the three, then Buddhism, then Islam. Other than their geographical proximity they differ in many ways. This paper is essentially contrasts their differences.

Hinduism is a large religion. 13% of the world's population believes in Hinduism. Other names for Hinduism are Sanatana Dharma, which means eternal religion, and Vaidik Dharma, which means religion of the Vedas. Hinduism has been viewed as a polytheistic religion, which is a religion that worships many Gods and Goddesses. Hinduism was started by Manu sometime in B.C. Hinduism is only in India, and you are born into it. When good deeds are done in one's life the next time they are reincarnated they would be in a higher level.

When bad deeds are done in their next life they would be brought down to a higher religion. Hinduism is large and has approximately 726 million believers.

Buddhism is a religion that does not believe in God or any type of Gods. Buddhist believe in reincarnation, the theory of being born, living, and dying many times. After many times of being reincarnated, once one releases their attachment to desire, one can get to nirvana. Siddhartha Gautama started Buddhism sometime around 500 B.C. in Northern India. Buddhism started in Nepal and worked its way to China. Siddhartha Gautama's Four Noble Truths are: To be fully understood, to be abandoned, to be made visible, to be brought into being. His eightfold path consists of: right understanding, right thinking, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, right meditation. Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world and is...