THE RELIGION OF INDIA & JAPAN
THE RELIGION OF INDIA & JAPAN
Hello readers, I am Deepak Jena, today I will give you some basic ideas about religion, Gods of India and Japan. Please read the article and give your feedback.
- Hinduism is the world’s 3rd largest religion behind Christianity and Islam.
- Around 94% of the World Hindu populations are residing in India.
- Hinduism started somewhere between 1500 B.C. and 2300 B.C. in the Indus valley.
- There are 33million Gods that are worshipped in the Hindu religion.
- Trimurti is the triple divinity of supreme deities in Hinduism consists of Brahma the creator God is also known as Svayambhu(self-born), Vagisa(Lord of speech) is the first God in Trimurti, Vishnu the preserver whose role is to come to the universe in avatar in troubled times to destroy evil he is also known as the protector of the universe, And lord shiva who is the destroyer in Trimurti who is also known as Mahadeva.
- Hindusim believes that every man, animal on this planet has a soul inside them and after death only the body dies but the soul is transferred to another body. Therefore soul is immortal.
- Cow is considered as a sacred animal in hindu religion and is known as mother for cow is associated with aditi (the mother of all gods) in the Vedas.
- Hindu’s believe Brahman is the one true god who is formless and endless.
- The main goal of every individual soul is to achieve moksha where the soul is freed from the cycle of birth and rebirth.
- Shinto also is known as kami-no-michi is the 13th largest religion whose origin is in Japan.
- Around 80% of Japanese populations belong to the religion Shinto to some degree according to the estimates.
- Shinto is Japan’s earliest religion which started around the 6th century AD.
- The Gods in Shintoism are known as Kami(Spirits,Phenomena or`` Holy powers’’). The total number of Kami in Shinto tradition is around an 88million.
- All the notable Kami’s are as follows
- Amaterasu Omikami (The sun of Goddess)
- Fujin (The God of wind)
- Ebisu (One of seven Gods of fortune).All the seven Gods of fortune are Ebisu,Daikokuten,Bishamonten,Benzaiten,Jurojin,hotei and Takarabune.
- Inari okami(The god of rice and agriculture).
- Hachiman(The god of war).
- Izanagi-no-mikoto(The first man).
- Izanami-no-mikoto(The first woman).
- Kotoamatsukami(The primary kami trinity).
- Omoikane(The Deity of wisdom).
- Sarutahiko okami(The kami of earth).
- Susanoo-no-mikoto(The God of the sea and storms).
- Tenjin(The poetry God).
- Tsukuyomi(The moon God).
- Raijin(The god of lightning, thunder, and storms).
- Ryusin(The Japanese dragon God of sea and storms).
- Shinto people believe everything in this world is possessed by spiritual divine call kami.
- When a baby is born in japan local Shinto shrine put the baby name in the membership list and declare the child as a family until
- Shinto people don’t really believe in the afterlife they more like focus on the current life that is given by God rather than preparing for what’s going to happen after death.
- Mountains and rivers in Japan are considered sacred because in japan they believe it is the home for many powerful Kami.
- Core beliefs of Shintoism are one should always respect his/her family, have love towards nature, one should be clean in his/her thoughts and he/she should be clean physically, only by that one is considered to be sacred.
SIMILARITIES BETWEEN INDIAN AND JAPANESE GODS
Although you guys are familiar with the fact that Japan and Indian religion are similar as well as vary from each other to some extend you guys maynot know that there are many similar Gods in both Hinduism and Sintoism.
Here are some notable similar Indian and Japanese Gods:
1. SARASWATI(IN HINDU RELIGION)
- Saraswati is one of the female goddesses of trinity made of maha kali, maha Laxmi, and maha Saraswati.
- Saraswati is the goddess of music, knowledge, and art in the Hindu religion with a veena in her hand.
BENZAITEN(IN SHINTO RELIGION)
- Benzaiten is worshipped as the goddess of music, water, knowledge, and music in Japan.
- Benzaiten is one of the seven Gods of fortune withholding a biwa in her hands.
2. LAKSHMI(IN HINDU RELIGION)
- Laxmi is the goddess of wealth and beauty in the hindu religion with holding gold coins on 1 hand and lotus flower on the other and sitting on a lotus flower.
- Laxmi is the wife of lord Vishnu who is the protector of the universe. Whenever Vishnu took an avatar on this universe laxmi accompanied him as his wife(e.g. during Rama and Krishna avatar Laxmi accompanied him as sita and Rukmini.).
KICHIJOTEN(IN JAPANESE BUDHIST RELIGION)
- Kichijoten is the goddess of beauty and luckin Shinto religion with holding gems in her hands to bring good luck.
- Kichijoten is also a part of the seven Gods of fortune replacing fukurokoju as one of the seven fukujin.
3. LORD BRAHMA(IN HINDU RELIGION)
- Brahma is the first God in the Hindu religion, e is known as the creator of the universe.
- Brahma has four hands and four heads with each head on each of the cardinal directions, he doesn’t hold a weapon in any of his hands.
BON-TEN(JAPANESE BUDDHIST RELIGION)
- Bonten is one of the twelve devas who are the guardians of four quarters and four semi quarter, up and downs, and the sun and the moon.
- Bonten also has four hands and four heads just like lord Brahma.
4. GANESH(IN HINDU RELIGION)
- Ganesh who is also known as Ganapati is the first son of Parvati who has a body of a human but ahead of an elephant.
- Ganesh is worshipped first among all the gods in the Hindu religion.
KANGI-TEN(IN JAPANESE BUDDHISM RELIGION)
- Kangi-ten is the Japanese Buddhist form of Hindu God Ganesh. He is known as a sacred, great noble, and venerable God.
- Kangi-ten also has the body of humans but the head of an elephant.
5. LORD SHIVA(IN HINDU RELIGION)
- Shiva who is also known as Mahadev is the destroyer inside Trimurti.
- He is known as the auspicious one and he has a third eye to control his anger. Lord Shiva has 19 avatars.
DAIKOKUTEN(IN JAPANESE BUDDHISM RELIGION)
- Daikokuten is one of the seven lucky Gods of fukujin. He is known as the God of great darkness whose Sanskrit name is mahakala.
- Daikokuten is the god of bankers, farmers, and is also the protector of crops.
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