6Jul
2011

Why not declare Preah Vihear Hindu territory?


Why not declare Preah Vihear Hindu territory?

As I understand it, this is a Hindu temple. To me it is very weird for Buddhists to be fighting over a Hindu temple. Especially since Buddhists aren’t supposed to fight at all. If it’s a Hindu temple, the Hindus should be running it. The Thais and Cambodians should ask the Indian government to send over some qualified Hindu priests to take charge of it. The temple and the disputed territory that surrounds it could be turned into an independent

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6Jul
2011

Does this Hindu island, handle more tourists?


Does this Hindu island, handle more tourists?

US President Barack Obama is this year expected to be one of millions of visitors to Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, raising hopes of a tourism windfall by reassuring potential travellers. But despite its image of azure seas and tropical tranquillity, recent visitors could be forgiven for thinking Bali’s biggest problem is not too few tourists, but too many. Polluted beaches, traffic jams and over-development beg the question: Does Bali need more tourists? Does Bali need more tourists? Officials say

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July 4, 2011

Hindus in Bali


Hindus in Bali

News Article Balinese Hinduism The majoirty of Balinese practice a form of the Hindu religion which they call Agama Hindu Dharma (“Religion of the Hindu doctrine”). Also called Agama Tirtha (“Religion of the Holy Waters”), it represents a unique amalgamation of foreign Hindu and Buddhist elements that were grafted onto a base of preexisting, indigenous religious customs. Since independence in 1945, the Balinese have become more self- conscious of their religion and have strengthened their religious organization. Ibis has resulted

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July 4, 2011

Hindus in Indonesia


Hindus in Indonesia

Hindu culture and religion arrived in the Indonesian archipelago in the first century, later coinciding with the arrival of Buddhism,[26] resulting in a number of Hinduism-Buddhism empires such as Kutai, Mataram and Majapahit. The Prambanan Temple complex was built during the era of Hindu Mataram, during the Sanjaya dynasty. The greatest Hindu empire ever flourished in Indonesian archipelago was Majapahit empire. The age of Hindu-Buddhist empires lasted until the sixteenth century, when the archipelago’s Islamic empires began to expand. This

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July 4, 2011

Hindus in Cambodia


Hindus in Cambodia

Hindus Cambodia  Apsaras Cambodia was first influenced by Hinduism during the beginning of the Kingdom of Funan kingdom. Hinduism was one of the Khmer Empire’s official religions. Cambodia is the home to one of the only two temples dedicated to Brahma in the world. Angkor Wat of Cambodia is the largest Hindu temple of the world     Cambodia was first influenced by Hinduism during the beginning of the Funan kingdom. Hinduism was one of the Khmer Empire’s official religions.

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July 4, 2011

Hindus in Vietnam


Hindus in Vietnam

Hindus in Vietnam Po Nagar, built by the Champa near modern-day Nha Trang. The Champa civilization was located in the more southern part of what is today Central Vietnam, and was a highly Indianized Hindu Kingdom, practicing a form of Shaivite Hinduism brought by sea from India. Mỹ Sơn, a Hindu temple complex built by the Champa is still standing in Quang Nam province, in Vietnam. The Champa were conquered by the Vietnamese and today are one of the many

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July 4, 2011

Hindus in Japan


Hindus in Japan

There is a relatively small number of Hindus found throughout Japan. There are currently 4,000 registered Hindus in the country, with about one third located in the Kansai area and living in Kobe, where they remain the third largest foreign community, after Chinese and Koreans.[citation needed] The arrival of Hindus and other Indians in Japan began in the 1870s, when they arrived at Yokohama (specifically Osaka, center of the textile trade) and began a profitable business exporting textiles and silk

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July 4, 2011

Hindus in Philippines


Hindus in Philippines

The Philippines Before the Spanish period, the archipelagoes of Southeast Asia were under the influence of traders from the Hindu-Malayan culture, such as the Majapahit Empire, which was then supplanted by Islamic conquest by the Sultanate of Malacca. The Sultanate itself had converted from Hinduism to Islam in 1414, and of Borneo. In the Majapahit Empire, the last Hindu kings retreated to Bali around 1500. Influences from the Indian subcontinent may be traced earlier to before the arrival of the

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July 4, 2011

Hindus in Thailand


Hindus in Thailand

  Four Faced Brahma The influence of Hinduism is popular Thai culture. Icons of Hindu gods and goddesses have been discovered in ancient excavations, and sculptures of such icons as Parvati, Hanumana, Ganesha, Vishnu, Indra, and Brahma adorn wats (temples) in Thailand. Images of Ganesha, the patron of Thai arts, are sometimes installed in newly constructed buildings. Hindu deities are worshipped along with Buddha and phis (spirits). Even to the present, the Thai congregate at the Erawan shrine in Bangkok

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July 4, 2011

Hindus in Singapore


Hindus in Singapore

Ancient times An artist’s impression of Parameswara, who ruled Singapore in the 1390s. The earliest written record of Singapore occurs in a Chinese account from the third century, describing the island of Pu Luo Chung. This was itself a transliteration from the Malay name “Pulau Ujong“, or “island at the end” (of the Malay peninsula). The quasi-mythological Sejarah Melayu (Malay Annals) contains a tale of a prince of Srivijaya, Sri Tri Buana (also known as Sang Nila Utama), who landed

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July 4, 2011

Hindus in Afganistan


Hindus in Afganistan

Hindus in Afghan Hinduism in Afghanistan has existed for almost as long as Hinduism itself. The religion was widespread in the region until the Islamic conquest of Afghanistan. It has been documented in recent years that thousands of Hindus live in Afghanistan, mostly in major cities such as Kabul, Kandahar, Jalalabad, and others. History Gold coin of Vasudeva I (191–225). Hinduism in Afghanistan dates back to the Vedic periods when areas of the country shared a common culture with India.

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July 4, 2011

Hindus in Pakistan


Hindus in Pakistan

Hinduism is the indigenous religious tradition of the Indian Subcontinent, including Pakistan. However since the independence of Pakistan in 1947 as a Muslim majority nation, Hindus have had a much smaller numerical presence there. Nonetheless Hindus have played a major role in the history, culture and politics of the country. The term Hindu is etymologically derived from the Sindhu (Indus River) of ancient India. The Sindhu is one of the holy rivers of Hinduism. Thus, in many ways, the land

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