1. In Hinduism, the cow is revered as sacred.
  2. Hinduism, though, has no principal church, no single pontiff, nobody to ordain or rule.
  3. Chauhan describes himself as a foot soldier in the battle to save Hinduism from its enemies.
  4. His job, broadly, is to “spread awareness” of the evil designs of Hinduism’s many enemies.
  5. Before the arrival of Islam in the seventh century, Afghanistan was home to many other belief systems: Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, as well as pagan traditions.
  6. In both cases, they ended up configuring ancient ways of life, ethical codes of conduct and cultures, such as Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam, along modern European lines.
  7. Hinduism is infamous for its caste system, according to which the Dalits, formerly known as “untouchables”, are forced to manually dispose of the faeces of higher castes.
  8. Islam came to the Indonesian archipelago around the 13th century, likely through Arab traders, and the powerful rulers of Java and Sumatra gradually converted from Hinduism or Buddhism to Islam.
  9. In Hinduism especially, there were, and remain, taboos against eating with – and sometimes even eating anything touched by – those outside one’s caste group, of lower caste, or of a different religion.
  10. So formal religion – not only Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, and the Russian Orthodox Church, but also such quietist religions as Buddhism – is actually now increasingly allied with rather than detached from state power.
  11. As the late literary scholar Bettina Knapp explained, the use of gambling as a divinatory device, as a way to work out what the supreme being wants of us, has been found in Shintoism, Hinduism, Christianity and the I Ching.