Hinduism
Hinduism was founded sometime between 1500 and 500 CE in the are of the Indus
valley civilization. There is no individual founder and no names given to say
who developed it. They are many gods in the religion of Hinduism. Many Hindu
followers believe that one of the gods is the true god, this creates a division
in Hinduism, Vaishnavaism and Shivaism. People who follow Vaishnavaism believe
that Vishnu is the one true god and people who follow Shivasim believe that

Shiva is the one true god. Yet there are many sects that worship both gods. Over
eighty percent of Hindu people worship the Lord Vishnu. One out of six people in
the world is a Hindu. Hinduism can be described as a monotheistic or a
polytheistic religion depending on the point of view but Hindu people describe
themselves as henotheisitic, which is the belief in one god without denying the
existence of others. Hindus believe that the soul is immortal and re-enters a
body of flesh and blood to resolve experiences and learn all the lessons that
the material life has to offer. Hindus also believe in karma. They believe that
karma is one of the natural laws of the universe. If you do good things, good
things will happen to you. If you do negative things, negative things will
happen to you. Hindus also believe that the cow is sacred. The cow represents
their life and all other animals. They also regard the cow as sacred because it
gives and gives but only takes grass and grain. Not all of the Hindu people are
vegetarian, they are given the freedom to make their own decisions. Hinduism
claims over 793,076,000 people, which is 13.7% of the world's population. Most
of the Hindus are concentrated mainly in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The Hindu
purpose is basically to learn all that they can from this life so that they can
pass their knowledge to the spiritual world. Taoism The founder of Taoism is

Lao-Tse, which lived between 604-531 BCE. Taoism began as a combination of
philosophy and psychology but was later turned into a state religion in 440 CE.

Lao-Tse was later established as a deity. In 1911, support for Taoism had
disappeared and with the communist victory in 1949 there was very little room
for religious freedom. Taoism has many sects and groups that have been
influenced by Buddhism and Confucianism. Taoism is still practiced in China,

Taiwan and Hong Kong although the current government has made attempts to
suppress it. The Taoist beliefs are that there is no god and that Tao is a force
that flows. There are no personified beliefs in Taoism and they do not pray to a
god. They seek out life's problems through meditation and observation. Much like

Hinduism, time is cyclical. There are five organs of the earth water, fire,
wood, metal and earth. Lao-Tse developed "Yin" and "Yang"
which are two competing energies found in all things which must be
"balanced." There are two different denominations of Taoism, Ortodoxes
and Spirit Claud Taoists. Ortodoxes are Tao masters and Black Headed Taoists.

They stress the importance of rituals, cosmic renewal, and controlling spirits.

Spirit Claud Taoists are Masters of Methods or Headed Taoists they concentrate
on meditation, not rituals. There is not a specific number of Taoists in the
world. It's hard to find the exact number of Taoists because at one time a
person in China could be a Buddhist, a Taoist and a Confucian. The main
concentration of Taoists are in China and Taiwan. Shintoism Shinto was started
about 500 CE or earlier. The Shinto people believe in nature deities, Buddha was
regarded as one of these deities. There was a divine couple, Izanagi and Izanami
who gave birth to the Japanese Islands. Their children became the deities of the
various Japanese clans. The Sun Goddess is regarded as the chief deity. There
are "four affirmations" in Shinto. Tradition and Family, Love of

Nature, Physical Cleanliness and Matsuri. Matsuri is a festival that honors the
dead. Shinto is divided into three different forms. Jinja, which is the original
form of Shinto. The Emperor of Japan was worshipped as a living god. Kyoha,
which is further divided into thirteen sects. Lastly, Folk Shinto is not
actually a sect in Shinto but a form seen in local practices and rituals. Once
again there is no exact number for the people that practice Shinto because they
may also practice Taoism or another religion native to those parts. Judaism The
beginnings of Judaism begin around 2000 BCE. God made a covenant with Abraham
and made