San Joaquin Delta College Hinduism versus Sikhism Religions Essay

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Instructions:  Students will choose one of the following two topics and write an essay. The essay should be four to five pages in length, typed, double-spaced, Roman 12 font. The essay must have at least 3 bibliographic references. Use MLA Format for bibliography (Author's last name, first name. Book title. Additional information. City of publication: Publishing company, publication date.)  

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1) Compare and contrast the beliefs and practices of Hinduism and the Sikh religious tradition. What are some of the similarities and differences between each of these religious traditions? Which are greater, the differences or similarities? Your comparative analysis should include a review of some of the key doctrines and rituals of each of these religious traditions.

2) Compare and contrast the beliefs and practices of Hinduism and Jainism. What are some of the similarities and differences between each of these religious traditions? Which are greater, the differences or the similarities? Your comparative analysis should include a review of some of the key doctrines and rituals of each of these religious traditions.    

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HINDUISM VERSUS SIKHISM RELIGIONS

INTRODUCTION
In this paper, we shall conduct in-depth research on the similarities and differences of
practices and beliefs of Hinduism and the Sikh religion. These two religions originated in India
and it is believed that most of their followers are of Indian origin. There is a clear and
distinguished way of life among the followers of these two religions. These similarities and
differences are discussed below.
SIMILARITIES
Women are considered equal to men and presented an equal opportunity to both genders
in their religious leadership. In Hinduism, women can be priestesses or nuns, while Sikhism
teaches men and women are equal before God's eyes. Both Hinduism and Sikhism believe that
life is a cycle of death and reincarnation (samsara), which can be ended by enlightenment. They
both have sacred places of worship: mandir and gurdwara for Hindu and Sikh, respectively. In
both Hinduism and Sikhism, there is a tendency toward vegetarianism. In both religions, the
bodies of the departed souls are cremated, and it is believed that the departed soul reincarnates in
another body (Şenel 1161).

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DIFFERENCES
Sikhs and Hindus are followers of Hinduism and Sikhism; the two religions originated in
the Indian Subcontinent. Hinduism has been in existence for the last 30 centuries, while Sikhism
came into being around five centuries ago. Hinduism originated from the Indus valley after the
Indo-Aryan people migrated to the Indus valley. The Vedas were written from 1500 to 500 BC.
From around 500 BC to 500 AD, Hindus worshiped various supernatural beings, especially
Vishnu, Shiva, Ganesh and Devi and formed many branches. Guru Nanak founded the Sikhism
religion in the 15th century. The term 'Guru' refers to a teacher who is not considered Divine but
wise and respectable. Guru Nanak condemned Hinduism practices where he had a vision of a
new way of life and therefore adopted Sikhism. Sikh is mainly distributed in Punjab i...


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