How has Hinduism influenced social structure in India?

Discussion in 'India' started by Ignorant, May 23, 2015.

  1. Ignorant

    Ignorant New Member

    Hinduism is regarded as one of the most important and the most prominent religion of the world. And, India is the prime spot for it. Hence, India has adapted the Hindu way of life, because of the religion’s multi talents.

    And, that’s why; there are many characteristics of the religion, and everywhere, all followers always adhere by these. The social way of life, particularly in India, has been influenced very vigorously by this religion. So, you can say, Hinduism has affected the social structure of life in India in a very significant way.

    Also, as per the statistics, there are at least 78 to 80 percent of Hindus in the population of India. So that’s why; it is a very common fact that many traits of the social system in India are influenced by it. Although, India is a secular country, with a freedom choice of religion, but we can easily say that, Hinduism has created, carved, and made up the social structure of the whole country. In fact, since the religion was founded on the river banks of the Indus River, which is located in the northern parts of India, the influence of it is a no big secret.

    In fact, Hinduism actually influenced the social structure of India in a very typical manner and fashion.The most important factor of the Hinduism on the India society has been through its caste based system( which is corrupted version of ancient and Vedic Hinduism). Also, Hindu believes of reincarnation and rebirth has been induced into the Indian society. It states that; if a person dies, and if he/she does some good deeds in his previous life, he/she will gain a better caste next life. And, in the historical times, many people believed; the only way to get a good life was to move on to the next birth. Thus, we can say, the caste system and the rebirth system in India were completely taken in by Hinduism culture.

    Also, historical evidence all points to the fact that the Hindu based Varna structure has been influenced by the Vedas. The ancient teachings of Vedic are said to be the base for Hinduism’s birth, nearly thousands of years ago.
    And, as we know, these Vedas were passed on in time of creation of Hinduism, and hence the religion is highly influenced by it.

    Ignorance among the majority of people on earth have is as follows :

    In caste system, there are 2 high class castes. These are Brahmin and Kshatriya. Brahmin means the people who are priests, and it is the highest most caste in the system, while Kshatriyas are fighters.

    Then comes the lower castes, and they are Vaisya and the Shudra. Vaisyas are the people who are artists, and Shudra is the servant based caste. However, there is also a Dalit class, which is known as the untouchable class by ignorants . The classes are divided; and hence, there are certain restrictions which the lower and upper classes have to maintain. For example; Dalits were called the untouchables.


    Basically As per veda's Hindus by birth are Sudra's by birth and there person have two sects added to him when his grows up.
    One is jaati and other is varna, where in jaati is inherited and varna is created by the type of work that person does. The transformation of varna was possible due to the human efforts in ancient times.
    As i have read in the forum that discrimination was never part of Hinduism, but sadly the These influences of the Hindu classes have become the core of Indian social structure over the years; and in fact they are used till date, to some social, legal and ethical extents.

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