Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world. Which is the prominent religion of India and Nepal. Unfortunately this is the only religion which tells you to be vegetarian and respect and even pray animals. Why not ISLAM, CHRISTIANITY and other religions tells there follower to respect animals and not eat them. In ISLAM they celebrate a festival in which they sacrifice goats. cows and even camels just for EATING. Even in HOLY BIBLE it was written that you can eat pork and meat. WHY?  And in Hinduism its written COW IS  OUR MOTHER BECAUSE SHE GIVES US MILK AND WE PRAY HER. KILLING OF ANIMALS IS TOTALLY PROHIBITED. I am not comparing religions but  animals matters to me alot. I wish if other religion too had restriction on animals eating this world would be a green , peaceful world with no anger and non violence . Killing , blood , cruelty to animals , eating them , abusing them all is anti human and this will lead us to destruction . 

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Comment by lakshman on November 16, 2013 at 3:54am

@Jenii,

There are lots of Hindu shamans in India. due to the fact that there are very few shamans in other parts of the world, non Indians are generally unaware of the shamans in India.

You are free to believe that shamanism is the oldest religion just as others are free to believe that Hindusim is the oldest.

Comment by lakshman on November 16, 2013 at 4:03am

in fact, there was a recent conference in India where elders and shamans from all over the world participated.

the rituals are more or less the same. In December 2012, the shamans in South America were doing various rituals to celebrate the beginning of the new era (not the end of the world as media projected it). Their rituals were almost exactly the same as Indian Hindu rituals.

I wrote an article on similarities between Hindu and Mayan rituals a few months back. The links to the pics don't work now but I had it saved back then:

Here are recent and very blatant proofs of similarities. Below are pictures taken during the Cosmic Dawn of 21st Dec 2012 in various parts of South America. The pictures very clearly show that Mayan Culture is very close to Hindu Culture.

1. Mayan Priest Blowing 'Shanka' (conch shell) to welcome Cosmic Dawn:

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/mayan-priest-tun-blows-conch-shell-horn-during-photo-060919813.html

2. Mayan Priests doing Pranams/Namaskarams to Sacred Fire:

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/mayan-priests-pray-around-sacred-fire-during-pre-photo-020312816.html

3. Notice the "Trishool" on the idol:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/photos/the-world-waits-for-doomsday-slides...

4. Offerings with flowers, fruits and vegetables to be thrown into the sea:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/photos/the-world-waits-for-doomsday-slides...

5. Shamans performing sea ritual:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/photos/the-world-waits-for-doomsday-slides...

6. Shamans warding off evil:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/photos/the-world-waits-for-doomsday-slides...

7. Burning of Agarbati (incense):

http://in.news.yahoo.com/photos/the-world-waits-for-doomsday-slides...

8. A Mayan Temple:

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/people-gather-front-kukulkan-temple-ch...

Comment by lakshman on November 16, 2013 at 4:12am

@jenii

one could even say that hindusim is perhaps the only organized religion where priests, shamans can freely practice their rituals. perhaps you are not aware of what Hindusim is or what the rituals are.

Comment by lakshman on November 16, 2013 at 4:16am

for some reason, Yahoo removed the pics and links above are broken links. But luckily another website archived all the pics and most of the pics I mentioned are in here:

http://oddstuffmagazine.com/mayan-region-launches-apocalypse-countd...

Comment by lakshman on November 16, 2013 at 8:21am

the date given to Hindusim at 1500 BC has been disproved by several people. This whole date was given by Western historians back in the 19th century and it was only a theory back then. There have been works which date the religion atleast upto 4000 BC (http://www.omilosmeleton.gr/en/indology_en.asp). There are also newer works which go further before. Unlike most other religions that have fixed date, there is no specific date or founder associated with Hinduism. It is called Sanatana Dharma or the Eternal Way of Life. The central ideas of Buddhism and Jainism all stem from Hindusim.

While western historians (and some Indian too) keep fighting over the date, most Hindus are not bothered about the historical date because time scales in Hindu texts go upto billions and even trillions of years (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_units_of_time). And everything is only believed to be a cycle, so dates really don't matter. (http://www.rediff.com/news/jan/29sagan.htm) (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xmbdcj_carl-sagan-hindu-concept-of...)

Like I said before, I am not separating Shamanism from Hinduism like you do. Almost all the practices and rituals in your definition of "Shamanism" is pretty much the same in current Hinduism. If you go to a Hindu temple or participate in a Hindu ritual, you'll know they are pretty much the same. Since Shamanism was vanquished from other parts of the world and is not main stream  and exists only in very small places (apart from India), people normally tend to forget that it is pretty much a main stream part of current Hinduism.

and although there are many archaeological evidences, let me just point to an error in the evidence you posted.  the picture you pointed itself shows that Hindusim is older. I guess you forgot that in BC, times work in reverse order. So 1500 BC is 12 centuries before 100 BC and not the other way around.

Comment by lakshman on November 16, 2013 at 8:37am
actually 1500 BC is 12 centuries before 300 BC and 14 centuries before 100 BC
Comment by lakshman on November 17, 2013 at 1:02am

sure, all I'm trying to say is that other parts of the world there is an organized religion which the majority practices and shamanism, which only a small group of people practice and get easy attention when they do something different from others. But in India, where Hinduism is the main religion, shamanism is not seen as different from Hinduism, so nobody (except foreigners) is surprised to see the hindu/shaman rituals. That's why some people still called Hindus as pagans (not that Hindus care). And the term Hinduism itself was not a native term but given by Europeans (similar to India). The traditional name of Hindusim is called Sanatana Dharma or the Eternal Way of Life. It has no specific date to begin with and has no specific founder. Hindus believe it always existed since its not a religion but a way of life.

Comment by Navjot Singh on November 18, 2013 at 8:37pm

It deffo sounds like you are comparing religions.

A humans will comes before any book otherwise nobody here would have had sex before marriage... jus sayin.

Comment by Prittz on July 31, 2016 at 7:46pm

@shivalika, great post!

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