Hinduism : Buddhism And Hinduism

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Southeast Asia, particularly India, is the birthplace of many religions. India is where these two religions arose: Buddhism and Hinduism. Hinduism is a very ancient belief system derived from the lifestyle of Southeast Asia. It still has a strong presence in its place of origin and it is characterized as a family of religions. An offspring of Hinduism, Buddhism is also a family of religions, except it has less of a strong presence in its place of birth. Yet, situated to the East area of the world, it is the leading denomination. Similarly, both religions utilize the term “Dharma”, the way of life and thought, to describe their customs. The only difference in this respect is that Buddhists link it to the teachings of Buddha, who is the founder of their faith. Both religions have a long history and are still active today and with one deriving from the other makes them comparable in some ways. However, Buddhism and Hinduism are also contrasting in aspects like each religion 's clergy, rituals, prayers, places of worship, and religious objects.
According to the dictionary, clergy is the body of people ordained for religious service. Unlike Buddhism, Hinduism does not have an official clergy. Despite not having a formal clergy, it does have Gurus who can teach as well as give advice and help. There are also Brahmins who aid Hindus spiritually and offer guidance, and the Hindus ' main individuals, Pujaris, which are the Hindu priests. He performs all the religious duties in the…

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