5 Main Religions of South Asia

5 Main Religions of South Asia

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  • Hey, Hazel! Can you help me study for the "Five Main Religions of South Asia" test?
  • Sure! The five main religions of South Asia are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Hinduism is the main religion of South Asia. Hindus believe that if you have a good life, then you your next life will be better, and their ultimate goal is to reach a perfect life. They believe in reincarnation.
  • The next most popular religion is Islam. Islam is a monotheistic belief where Allah is their god. Followers of Islam are called Muslims. Muslims have to follow the Five Pillars, the five bases for Islamic Faith. There's another main religion called Sikhism that is a combination of Hinduism and Islam. Only 1% of South Asians are Sikhs.
  • Buddhism is the third most popular religion of South Asia. Buddhists believe that a young prince once ran away from royalty to find a solution to human suffering. He learned that: 1) Suffering is a part of life, 2) Selfishness is a cause of suffering, 3) It's possible to move beyond suffering, and 4), there's a path that leads to this no-suffering point.
  • The fourth most popular religion is Jainism, which is tied with Sikhism at 1%. Jains believe in nonviolence towards all living things. Like Buddhists, Jains believe that reincarnation leads to liberation. Now, are you ready to take the test tomorrow, Sarah?...Hello? Sarah?
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