Islam – The second largest and fastest growing religion

Islam is a monotheistic religion articulated by the Qur’an and the teachings and normative example of Muhammad, who is considered the last prophet of God. An Islam adherent is called a Muslim. Islam has 05 pillars or 05 basic acts: the creed, daily prayers, almsgiving, fasting during the Ramadan month, and going on a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime. Islam is divided into 02 sects: Sunni (75-90%) and Shia (10-20%). While Sunni is deemed the orthodox Islam, Shia differs from Sunni in such a way that they only believe caliph Ali is the next prophet after Muhammad.

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Hinduism – The dominant religion of the Indian sub-continent

Hinduism is the religion of the majority of people in India, Nepal, and some neighboring countries. It followed Brahmanism and co-existed with Buddhism for about 5 centuries BC. Then, it replaced Buddhism during the 5 following centuries. Nowadays, Hinduism has 900 million adherents worldwide. It is the world’s third-largest religion and the oldest organized religion in the world.

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Brahmanism – Precursor of Hinduism

Brahmanism was an early religion in the Indian subcontinent. It was based on Vedic writing and is considered to be the precursor religion of Hinduism. In Aryan society, there were different gods. Of those, Brahman was regarded as the most important one. Brahman was supported by Siva, the god of destruction, and Vishnu, the god of maintenance.

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Buddhism – A different view over its evolution!

Born in a country where Buddhism is deemed the national faith, I am particularly curious about this religion. I try to discover Buddhism from different viewpoints, from both an orthodox view to an innovative view. This article summarizes the evolution of Buddhism as well as its impacts on society, culture and economy. Let’s begin with a retrospective view.

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Religions in Vietnam

Despite being deemed a Buddhist country, most Vietnamese people are atheists. There are 03 main religions in Vietnam: Buddhism, Christianity, and indigenous religions. Of those, the last one is the majority.

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