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15 January 2016

Hinduism Explored

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Written by our School Chaplain Father Mark

On Monday 11 January the philosophy and religion department arranged a trip to London for the Third Form to visit a Hindu temple. This was inspired partly because we now have a partner school, King's College India and partly because Hinduism is such an ancient and fascinating world religion.

Hinduism is the world's third most popular religion, with around 750 million followers. Hinduism originated in Northern India, near the river Indus, about 4000 years ago and is the world's oldest existing religion. Contrary to popular belief Hindus believe in one God (Brahman) just like the Abrahamic religions. However, followers believe that Brahman, the eternal origin, who is the cause and foundation of all existence, can be represented in different forms. These gods are sent to help people find the universal God (Brahman).

Our pupils were given extensive worksheets and, after attending a short act of worship by the resident monks, they were allowed to browse the beautiful exhibition to search for answers. School packed lunches were supplemented by delicious Indian snacks, both spicy and sweet.

Many thanks to the pupils for showing such interest, respect, intelligence and good humour during a very long day. Thanks also to Mrs Arliss for visiting the temple over Christmas to make arrangements, and to Mrs Duckham and Mr Mason for coming along to help.

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