A native scholar, speaking of his own religion, has said of it, "Hindooism is sick unto death: I am persuaded it must fall."
But the associations of this spot are not all of Hindooism and idolatry.
Here, in this fortress of Hindooism, Brahmanism displays itself in all its plentitude and power.
How such "brute beasts" can have any respect or influence, is one of the mysteries of Hindooism.
Here we have nothing physical to remind us of any creed but Islamism and Hindooism.
It may be said, however, that the Hindoo woman is in the main satisfied with her lot, and is the mainstay of Hindooism.
Hindooism has a thousand shapes, spreading out its arms like a mighty banyan tree, but its root is one—Pantheism.
There is no caste in Islam, not even in India, where it is at perpetual war with the castes of Hindooism.
This is what Hindooism does for the mother and for her child.
Here we made the same observation as in Burmah, that Buddhism is a much cleaner and more decent religion than Hindooism.
A religion of India that emphasizes freedom from the material world through purification of desires and elimination of personal identity. Hindu beliefs include reincarnation. (See Brahmins, pariah, Vishnu, and yoga.)
Note: Traditionally, Hinduism was linked to the caste system — a division of Indian society into several rigid groups, with members of a higher caste holding power over those of a lower.
Note: The sacred writings of Hinduism include the Vedas (which contain the Upanishads) and the Bhagavad Gita.