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- n. Archaic Variant of Hinduism.
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- n. Dated form of Hinduism.
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- n. The religious doctrines and rites of the Hindus; Brahmanism.
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- n. a body of religious and philosophical beliefs and cultural practices native to India and based on a caste system; it is characterized by a belief in reincarnation, by a belief in a supreme being of many forms and natures, by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
- n. the religion of most people in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal
Dermot Killingley, however, cites a reference to "Hindooism" by Rammohun Roy in 1816.
The Oxford English Dictionary traces "Hindooism" to an 1829 reference in the Bengalee, Vol 43, and also refers to an 1858 usage by the German Indologist Max Müller.
Protestants: and we expect that Hindoos, who believe that the privileges of Hindooism can be forfeited by a merely physical act, will expose theirs to the danger of being made Christians!
This place bears evidence of having been ruled over by some chief pretending to Hindooism.
"Hindooism says that the moon, Soma, was turned into a female called Chandra -- 'the White or Silvery One.'"
Hindooism is more fantastic, and less pleasingly endeared to us, than the paganism of
-- The city here represented is the religious centre of Hindooism, and one of the oldest cities on the globe.
I could not but acknowledge that the local governments had, as it seemed to him, evinced but little sympathy with Hindooism; and that whatever might be European policy in respect to religion, the East India Company might have participated in the desire which prevails in Europe to develop ancient customs, and the reasons of those customs.
It is the knowledge of this fact that fills one with stupefaction when we think of Exeter Hall and the type of Christian missioner who goes out to assail the venerable beliefs of Hindooism, when our cultivated men, our Emersons, Coleridges, Carlyles and
The plunderers were not the followers of Mahomet, nor the devotees of Hindooism, nor benighted pagans, nor idolaters, but people called Christians, and thus the ruthless traders in the souls and bodies of men fastened upon