Differences Between Hinduism And Islam

925 Words Mar 24th, 2016 4 Pages
Sexuality within human culture can have a wide variety of definitions and as human beings on a cultural level differences in “Appropriate” and “Inappropriate” sexuality can differ. The Hindu and Muslim traditions and ethics will be examined in this essay. Although there are very similar views between Hinduism and Islam the reasoning behind these, views differ due to the fact that basic key concepts of these faiths differ so tremendously. Although at a superficial glance the ethical viewpoints of Gender roles, Sexuality as a whole, Homosexuality ,and Sexuality as a whole seem almost consistent with one another. Although they differ in more ways than they are similar.
Between Hinduism and Islam sexuality is viewed as rite of passage for marriage, in other words it is seen as a sin or a karmic setback to engage in premarital sex. However, the Hindu tradition is much more open with sexuality. In fact “Kama” or sensual pleasure is one of the four meanings or Arthras. The Kama sutra is literally a religious text devoted to sensual pleasure. The Fact that this text exists and how sensual pleasure is perceived, displays Hinduism is very open with sexuality. The Tantric tradition in Hinduism actually puts high emphasis on sexuality and lust. However, Tantric Hinduism actually is most known for its dictum “By the poison of the snake the snakebite is cured. In other words, attachments—sexual and otherwise—are overcome and defeated by engaging in the things that lead to these…
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