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Hinduism

The Hindu religion originated in the Indus Valley during 2500-1800 BC. Life is perceived as a cycle of life, death and rebirth (samsara), in which all deeds are repaid in kind (karma). The four main aims of life according to Hinduism are: dharma – an individual’s duty leading them to religious merit and higher rebirth; artha – wealth acquired through honest work; kama – satisfying legitimate desires; mokfha – liberation from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth by merging with the brahman (the supreme soul).

Hinduism, like Christianity has its own Holy Trinity: Lord Brahma – the creator, Lord Vishnu – the preserver, and Lord Shiva – the destroyer. Each Lord of the Hindu Holy Trinity contains in itself other Gods and Goddesses.

The caste system in India divides Hindu society into classes based on creed and rank. This system has become almost non-existent in Fiji, with only a few taboos persisting, mainly in terms of marriage.

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