Major Religions In South Asia  

South Asia is the place where two religious, Hinduism and Buddhism, started. However, besides these two religions, there are other major religions in South Asia. Religion plays an important role in any South Asian community because the people are very religious and spent their time trying to earn salvation.

Major Religions in South Asia:

  • Animism is one of the major religions in South Asia. Here the belief is that everything on Earth has a soul, which can be independent from the physical form. The human soul does not only stay in the human body but can be transferred to other things in nature and this is what controls the working of the nature around the people.
  • Buddhism is quite widespread in South Asia and the followers follow the teachings of Lord Buddha. Buddhism started in India through the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama and the followers believe in being unselfish and ethical. Certain rituals have to be followed by the Buddhist in order to achieve Nirvana and this is done through giving up of worldly matters, meditation and studying the tenets of the religion.
  • Hinduism is also one of the major religions in South Asia. In fact, it is believed to be one of the oldest religions in the world. Hinduism has many different forms of deities and the followers practice many different kinds of rituals to appease their respective deities. Hindus believe in reincarnation, wherein the soul keeps being reborn until it achieves salvation.
  • Islam is also quite widespread in South Asia and with over 1 billion Muslims around the world, it is the largest religion in the world after Christianity. Earlier Christianity was the largest religion but Islam has recently overtaken it. Muslims follow the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, who was the last prophet and his views and teachings are listed in the Quran.

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