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Information on Hinduism for Kids. Igbo People. Islam (Muslim) for Kids. The Religion of Islam. What is Hinduism and what do Hindus believe? Question: "What is Hinduism and what do Hindus believe?

What is Hinduism and what do Hindus believe?

" Answer: Hinduism is one of the oldest known organized religions—its sacred writings date as far back as 1400 to 1500 B.C. It is also one of the most diverse and complex, having millions of gods. Hindus have a wide variety of core beliefs and exist in many different sects. Although it is the third largest religion in the world, Hinduism exists primarily in India and Nepal. The main texts of Hinduism are the Vedas (considered most important), Upanishadas, the Mahabharata, and the Ramayana. Though Hinduism is often understood as being polytheistic, supposedly recognizing as many as 330 million gods, it also has one “god” that is supreme—Brahma. 1) Monistic—Only one thing exists; Sankara's school 2) Pantheistic—Only one divine thing exists so that God is identical to the world; Brahmanism 3) Panentheistic—The world is part of God; Ramanuja's School 4) Theistic—Only one God, distinct from Creation; Bhakti Hinduism. Related Topics: Religion in India. This article is about Republic of India's religious demographics.

Religion in India

For religions originating in the Indian subcontinent, see Indian religions. Religion in India (2001) Other (0.7%) Islam in Africa. Africa was the first continent, outside of Arabia that Islam spread into in the early 7th century.

Islam in Africa

Almost one-third of the world's Muslim population resides in this continent. Muslims crossed current Djibouti and Eritrea to seek refuge in current Ethiopia during the Hijarat.[1] Most Muslims in Africa are Sunni, the complexity of Islam in Africa is revealed in the various schools of thought, traditions, and voices in many African countries.

African Islam is not static and is constantly being reshaped by prevalent social, economic, and political conditions. Generally Islam in Africa often adapted to African cultural contexts and belief systems forming Africa's own orthodoxies. [2] A Major New Survey on Religion in Africa. The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life has released the results of an important survey, Tolerance and Tension: Islam and Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

A Major New Survey on Religion in Africa

The executive summary notes that “sub-Saharan Africa is clearly among the most religious places in the world. In many countries across the continent, roughly nine-in-ten people or more say religion is very important in their lives. By this key measure, even the least religiously inclined nations in the region score higher than the United States, which is among the most religious of the advanced industrial countries.” Of special interest is the finding that “Despite the dominance of Christianity and Islam, traditional African religious beliefs and practices have not disappeared. Rather, they coexist with Islam and Christianity. The report also explains that “in every country surveyed that has a substantial Christian population, at least half of Christians expect that Jesus will return to earth during their lifetime.

Religion in Nigeria. There exist several religions in Nigeria, helping to accentuate regional and ethnic distinctions.

Religion in Nigeria

All religions represented in Nigeria were practiced in every major city in 1990. However, Islam dominated the north and had a number of supporters in the South Western, Yoruba part of the country. Nigeria has the largest Muslim population in sub-Saharan Africa. Protestantism and local syncretic Christianity are also in evidence in Yoruba areas, while Catholicism dominates the Igbo and closely related areas. Both Protestantism and Catholicism dominated in the Ibibio, Annang, and the Efik kiosa lands.

The 1963 census although controversial, indicated that 47 percent of Nigerians were Muslim, 35 percent Christian, and 18 percent members of local indigenous congregations. There are many types of Muslims, but the majority of Nigerian Muslims are Sunni, most of whom are Maliki, Shafi'i or Salafi. Abrahamic religions[edit] Bahá'í Faith[edit] Christianity[edit] Roman Catholicism[edit] Location[edit] Why/how is it that Islam is no longer Africa's main religion? It used to be for centuries, but not so muc. If you are reviewing my appeal, note that I also provided 5 additional answers to 7 related Qs by the Asker via PMs.

Why/how is it that Islam is no longer Africa's main religion? It used to be for centuries, but not so muc

Since there was nothing personal to these PMs, I provide them here as additional input to my appeal. They are numbered and pasted in in reverse order. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A5-Curious7777777-->Newby: I believe this is in the article. You might want to conduct your follow up Q&A on the DB so others can participate. Does north africa or sub saharan Africa have higher birth rates overall? Things Fall Apart Theme of Religion. The Igbo gods are mostly manifestations of nature and its elements, which makes sense because they are an agricultural society that depends on the regularity of seasons and natural phenomena to survive.

Things Fall Apart Theme of Religion

They worship the goddess of the earth and are always careful to avoid committing sins against her for fear of vengeance that might wipe out an entire generation. The Igbo ancestors also take on a divine nature to some extent.