Hindu mythology has interesting theories on how the Earth was created and the reincarnation of people.Hinduism is very different from many other mythologies because of some unique key features. History tells that Hindu mythology has over 330 million gods and goddesses with six main gods. Hindus’ belief of what happens to them after death is also worth mentioning; Hindus get reborn until they collect enough karma to be with their god of choice.
Hindu mythology has been around for ages; it is the world’s oldest surviving religion. Hinduism was formed through diverse traditions in the year 2,000 B.C.E. There is no single person who is praised for the development of Hindu Mythology because one person did not create it. Nowadays, Hinduism is mainly practiced in India, the country of its origin. Hinduism has over a billion followers and about two-thirds of these people are in India. There are many temples open to worship gods and goddesses. “The needs of the gods would be met by the worshipers who have to prepare themselves through purification rites to draw near to their God” (Organ,193) Hinduism is not only the oldest religion but also one of the most practiced; it is ranked 3rd in the world after Islam and Christianity.
In Hindu mythology, one god, made of three gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, created the world. Vishnu was cradled by a snake he was sleeping with, when a loud sound came from nowhere and awoke him. Then a lotus flower grew from his navel with Brahma in it. Vishnu commanded Brahma to make a world. Brahma took pieces of the lotus flower and made the heavens, the earth, and the skies. The Earth was bare and so Brahma created all types of plants and gave them the ability to feel, smell, hear, see and move. Brahma let things evolve and soon the earth was full of animals, birds, and insects. Shiva, the third god of the one true Hindu god, is the last form of the god and will eventually end the world and everything on it.
Some Hindus say there are 330 million gods and some say there is one. Some people say one because they want “a god they can feel close to, a god they can picture in their minds and worship” (Merrett,12). There are three male gods that make up one god and three female ones. Brahma is the Creator of life and the Earth. Brahma has a wife named Saraswati and she is the Goddess of knowledge, music, and the arts. Vishnu is the Preserver and he instructed Brahma to create the word. Vishnu’s wife is Lakshmi, who is the Goddess of love and prosperity. Shiva is the last god and he is the Destroyer/Transformer, “Shiva is sometimes called the Lord of the Dance” (Merrett,12), he will end the world at some point. Shiva’s dancing symbolizes the eternal energy that flows through the world” (Merrett,12). Parvati is Shiva’s wife, she is known as the Devine Mother. Believeing in one god makes things easier for a Hindu, rather than praying to many.
There are many popular Hindu myths that tell various stories. My favorite...