Diving Into Religion: Hinduism Q&A ft. moi… and another Q&A

The title is interesting.

Yeah, I should really spice up my intros.

Hey hey hey! Once again, I’m stealing an idea from the wonderful Bayance. Her Q&A about Islam was wonderful and eye-opening, leading me to think about how lots of people don’t know anything about Hinduism, and it would be wonderful to see what questions you have!

I want you guys to comment below any questions you have about Hinduism. From meditation and yoga to rituals and beliefs to food and holidays- I would be thrilled to answer them!
Please note that I have the right to not answer anything that makes me feel uncomfortable. But I know you guys are great and I hope I don’t have to exercise this right!

This is another small-ish post-
wait jk I’m writing this backwards and now it’s at like 1000 words and I oop-

-but I think that’s okay. Anyways, the Q&A will be super long assuming people even want to read this post and give questions so this will be the calm before the storm.

Btw I’d like to thank Olivia @ Purely Olivia for making me become re-obsessed with changing the font sizes ๐Ÿ˜‰ so you can totally blame her for the cRaZiNesS.

And can I just shout-out Mukta for a moment- she hasn’t posted in a while (WAIT! NEW POST JUST CAME I’M SO HYPED WHOOO) but she’s SO sweet and we have SO much in common and she’s Indian (and I’m pretty sure she’s a Hindu, I don’t know though…).

I’ll be accepting questions until August 15th, when I’ll start compiling the answers (I’ll do my best to be as accurate as possible) and hopefully get them out faster than my last Q&A!! It took like a month smh I’m great…

The questions will probably fall under one of these categories:

Beliefs

This could include our thoughts on capital-G God, what the whole deal with ‘thousands of gods??‘ is (Hinduism being one of the only mainstream ‘polytheistic’ (this is so complicated –that it needs another set of parentheses– I’ll explain in the post) religions today and people, especially Westerners (ooh I’m a Westerner technically), gotta be honest, don’t know much about polytheism), and any other questions you might have. Thoughts on modern controversies like women’s rights and LGBT treatment.

Practices

Most people know that Christians go to church and they study the Bible. Muslims go to the mosque and pray five times a day, things like that. What are our customs? How do we worship, what/who do we worship, when, why, how?? Yes, I’m answering your questions and you can be assured that you’ll get an answer!

Rituals

What’s a puja? What’s agarbathi? What in the world is manja podi or kumkumam? You’ve probably never heard of a poonal or an ayishhomam or even Carnatic music (you’re missing out XD hey Mukta how’s your day). Well, ask away and you’ll be informed!

Religious Scriptures

The Vedas. The Puranas. The Bhagavat Gita. The Mahabharata, the Ramayana- gods, it’s amazing and a sea full of knowledge that I’d love to share! And not all of it is even directly correlated to religion- you can learn a lot from these, just like I’ve learned from the Bible and the Quran.

Spirituality

Meditation. Yoga. All the things Hinduism is known for and shunned for because oh, India is the land of snake charmers and black magic smh. Meditation and yoga is PROVEN (science, y’all logic lovers) to help your mental health and improve stability in and out of your body.

By the way, I just took an Art of Living course and with the meditation and intuition techniques they taught me, I’m able to accurately trust my first instinct and know a color or word even without seeing it. I’m telling you, meditation and yoga is freaky awesome!

Food

Come on, every culture has special food and Indian food is too good to miss an opportunity to talk about. Even if this is supposed to be religious. I guess here you an ask all the standard Qs- is vegetarianism a religious thing and that stuff.

Holidays

Ooh, the fun stuff! I’m sure some of you have heard of Diwali, at least, and Holi, but there’s also Navarathri, the Tamil new year called Pongal, and so many more that I don’t even know about!

and. the dreaded, much-hated-upon, infamous~

Caste System

You just can’t have a Hinduism Q&A without a chat about the caste system- it’s still a part of the history, just like the Crusades are part of Christian history and the slave trades were a part of Islamic history.

Anything Else

I’d love to hear all your questions! If I’m missing any categories, feel free to lemme know!


Have a wonderful day!

xoxoadiforadi1

35 thoughts on “Diving Into Religion: Hinduism Q&A ft. moi… and another Q&A

  1. yayyy! i’m so excited you decided to do this & share more about hinduism and indian culture in your blog!
    i was going to ask about holidays, because those are some of my favorite things to learn about. muslims have ramadan, christian have christmas/easter, and so i’m looking forward to learning about the holidays in hinduism. also: is it different the way people celebrate in india vs. in america? (because, for example, it is a christmas’ tradition where i live to have a feast during christmas eve instead of christmas day, like it happens in other countries, so i wonder if there are differences between the way people celebrate it in america vs. in india).
    i am also really curious about the rituals! is there any rite of passage in hinduism? i know for catholics, the first eucharist or the first holy communion is considered an important rite of passage.
    i’ll be looking forward for your answers! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. This is a cool idea! My question is this: what is the Hindu story for why their religion is right? I don’t know if that makes sense, but for example, Christians believe in God because of his revealed Word (the Bible) and his incarnated Word (Jesus). Why do Hindus believe in God? What made the first Hindu create/start the religion? What’s the backstory to your faith?
    If that doesn’t make sense I’d be happy to elaborate ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. HELLO THERE this post was awesome! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s great that our culture’s getting some well-deserved exposure! You covered most of everything tbh and it’s really amazing how the same culture can differ from person to person because I’ve actually never heard of poonal or ayishhomam heh. #embarassing
    My mom raised me to be very open-minded about religion and my family has different opinions on Hinduism. Like, my mom is a pretty devout person, but not in a ritualistic way. On the other hand my dad is a pretty resolute atheist. I’ve seen both sides of the coin and so, to me, religion is belief and trust in the idea of God, excluding attribution to any name or form. I attach a good amount of rationale to all my beliefs, because that’s just the kind of person I am. ๐Ÿ™‚
    My question would be- What does Hinduism mean to you? What have you been raised to see it as, and according to you, what is it to be Hindu?

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    1. HEY MUKTA!
      Thank you so much!! I’m glad ๐Ÿ˜— ooh I think poonal and ayishhomam are Tamil words, so you may not know them, but poonal is the ceremony of sacred thread for Brahmins and ayishhomam is the first birthday of a baby, I think.
      Yes, my mom is more spiritual than ritualistic, and I think especially for Hinduism, religion differs from person to person. I also am quite logical with my approach, but I try and keep an open mind! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you! Those are great questions ๐Ÿ’™

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  4. This is a super interesting post, Iโ€™m looking forward to finding out more about Hinduism and your culture. I will admit that I donโ€™t know very much about it, so my question is can you recommend any books (fiction or non-fiction) with what you feel is good Hindu representation? I thought it might be another good way (alongside your blog post) to find out more! Thank you!
    ๐Ÿ“•MP๐Ÿ“š X

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  5. Ahh, this is seriously such a cool idea! You pretty much covered everything I would ask in the part of this post where you talked about things you could talk about- I don’t know much about Hinduism besides what I have learned in school, but we learned more about the origins rather than how it is practiced today.

    Haha, I’m glad I could inspire you to change font size!๐Ÿ˜‚It looks great. XD

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      1. You mentioned a lot of things I’m curious about in the section where you gave ideas, haha! Here are some you mentioned that I would be especially interested in knowing more about~
        -What is the role of the caste system in Hinduism today?
        -Do Hindus have a certain day to worship, similar to how Christians worship on Sunday?
        -Thoughts on God?

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  6. Hi, yay! I’m so glad you decided to do this – I definitely have some questions!!
    Soooo, what do Hindus do differently in daily life than anyone else of another religion/faith? Like, what is unique to Hinduism that people do on a day to day basis?
    What’s it like growing up as Hindu teen? Do you find a lot of differences between yourself and others? Are there any major challenges?
    This might be a silly question, but do you have a book or anything? Like Christians have the Bible, Muslim’s have the Quran etc?
    Are there major differences between the beliefs of different generations of Hinduism?
    Are there many Hindus who aren’t Indian?

    If I think of any more questions, I’ll let you know (I’m sure I will as soon as I send this comment lol). Anyway, look forward to your answers!!

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  7. I am so excited for this Q&A!! (And thank you for taking the time to do this!)
    Are there different sects of Hinduism the same way there are denominations in Christianity? (Protestant, Catholic, etc.)
    What are some of the stereotypes about Hinduism, and are there any stereotypes that Hindus have about each other? (Like I’d say Christians tend to stereotype Christians in the southern US as being very conservative and fundamentalist, which they usually ARE, but not everyone is)
    What are just the day-to-day things you have to do in Hinduism, like prayers or something like that? Are those things absolutely required, or is it more just ‘you should probably try to get around to this if you can’?

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  8. Ahhh! Girl, I canโ€™t wait for this post!
    I want to bombard you with questions but truth is I donโ€™t really know a lot about Hinduism so I have no clue what to ask! :/
    So my question is if you had to explain Hinduism to a 5 year old (moi) what 5 key things would you say? (1 for every year ๐Ÿ˜‚)
    Canโ€™t wait to learn more though ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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  9. Ohhhh my God I’m hyped!! So the other day I was taking to my Hindu friend and we were having a conversation about religion and afterlife and stuff like that. So the tea is that Hindus believe in a main God and then many other Gods. And Muslims strongly believe that there’s the main God and no other Gods associated with Him. So my questions are going to be more focused on polytheism and afterlife and stuff like that if that’s okay. And they are:

    1. What is the difference between Hinduism and Buddhism? I’m so sorry I think both of them have meditation?

    2. When you sage your face around a fire for protection, are you worshipping the fire? Is God the one who gives protection or does the fire act as an intercessor?

    3. How many Gods do your worship?

    4. Who created the universe and humans?

    5. What is Hinduism’s take on homosexuality?

    6. Did Hinduism have any messengers? I think Buddhism believed in Noah at some point but I have no idea how Hinduism was delivered. Did God communicate with humans directly through scriptures like the Quran? Who taught the scriptures?

    7. Do Hindus wear a specific clothing article?

    8. What are Hinduism’s take on women’s right?

    8b. Abortion?
    8c. Divorce.
    8d. Food restrictions?
    8e. Sex before marriage?

    9. What is prohibited in Hinduism?

    10. Do Hindus worship cows? If so, why?

    11. Where do Hindus worship?

    12. Where and when did Hinduism start? Eg. Islam started since Adam and Eve but Muhammad was sent the last scriptures in the 7th century after Jesus in Mecca and Madinah.

    13. Do Gods have birthdays? Is there a God who is eternal and has no beginning?

    14. Do Hindus have accountability? Eg. Good deeds and bad deeds

    15. Do Hindus believe in the afterlife? What about reincarnation?

    I might come back for more hehe! Thanks for this opportunity!

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    1. Haha, you might have understood it wrong, because that’s not what we believe, but no worries! I’ll explain everything in my post. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks for the questions! They’re all very insightful! No problem ๐Ÿ’™

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  10. This is such an awesome idea!
    I do have a few questions:
    Do Hindus have their own version of a Bible or other religious book?
    Are there any events or celebrations specific to Hinduism?
    (And only because it is currently in the news here in NZ) What is the Hindu belief around abortion?

    August 15th!!! Your Q&A finishes on my birthday!
    -Emma ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks! Well, we actually believe in one God that we can relate to and worship in several different forms, a common misconception. But that’s an interesting question! Btw, I thought Christians believe that Jesus is the son of God, not necessarily God, but I could definitely be wrong.

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  11. Hey!!!
    I love reading your blog and I’m so excited to see what you come up with this time! I believe that the Indian culture and religion is not brought up to our attention in school, and I kinda feel strongly about this since I’m Hindu:)
    I just have some basic questions that might be useful for other people for school reports or just for general knowledge!

    1. Why do Hindus adore cows?

    2. Are all Hindus vegetarians? Why?

    3. Why do Hindu’s wear a red dot on their forehead?

    Thank you!โค๏ธ
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    1. Omg heyyy!!! I saw cheesecake and was like ohh yeah ๐Ÿ˜Ž I know thisss!
      Thanks, this is great! I’m so happy that someone else feels this way โ˜บ

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  12. Hey girl! Pretty cool idea you’ve got here!
    Okayy so I’ve got tons of Hindu friends but I’ve never asked them anything deep about Hinduism. Don’t ask why. I just feel awkward? I’m curious about your opinion on certain matters too!
    I’ve got a few questions:

    โ€ขDoes learning/reading Ramayana or Mahabharata hold importance to you?

    โ€ขWho are the gods who are eternal and have always existed for you (I mean like Lord Ganesha & Krishna were born right?)

    โ€ขWhat do you think happens if a Brahmin (who are supposed to be vegetarians, right?) eat meat? Do they have to undergo some purification?

    โ€ขWhat are your opinions about Jainism being subsumed under Hinduism?

    โ€ขWhat do you think of the ancient practice of untouchability and its legal abolition? Why was it started?

    โ€ขWhat is the importance of river Ganges and the mythical Saraswati?

    โ€ขDo you also have a Tulsi plant at home which so many Hindus have? Why do they have it?

    โ€ขWhat was Sati?

    โ€ขI once heard that you believe in 7 lives(actually during wedding scenes in Bollywood movies where they are bonded for 7 lives๐Ÿ˜‚). Do you believe in it? What happens after the 7 lives?

    I see I’ve been a bit specific, but it feels great to have someone so eager to answer! Thank you tons for this opportunity!!โค

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    1. Hey! Haha that’s totally fine, I understand the awkwardness ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Wow, thank you for the questions! You definitely know a lot more than you give yourself credit for- that’s awesome ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you for stopping by!

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