July 27, 2009 5:17pm CST
I am marrying a Hindu,and while I understand some aspects of the faith I want to know more. I have never been a religious person so when he asked, can we raise our children Hindu, I said sure. I feel that since he is closer to his faith than I am to mine it was only fair that he get to raise the children in his faith. Now I find myself wanting to know more, I don't want to sit on the sidelines or have my children asking why their mother doesn't want to go somewhere or do something with them. Where can I learn about Hindiusm? What are good books to read?
• United States
28 Jul 09
I really don't know anything about Hinduism, but the internet is full of information and here is some of the things I found. [i]Hindu sects and denominations: About 80% of Hindus are Vaishnavites, who worship Lord Vishnu. Others follow various reform movements or neo-Hindu sects. Various sects of Hinduism have evolved into separate religious movements, including Hare Krishna, Sikhism and Theosophy. Transcendental Meditation was derived from a Hindu technique of meditation. The New Age movement has borrowed many of its concepts from Hinduism. What does the mark on the forehead mean? The colored dot is variously referred to as a "tilaka," "bottu," "bindiya," "kumkum," or "bindi." It is a sign of piety, and a reveals to other people that the wearer is a Hindu. It symbolizes the third eye -- the one focused inwards toward God. Both men and women wear it, although the practice among men is gradually going out of style. In the past, many unmarried women wore black marks, whereas many married women wore red. But in recent times, women often wear dots that match the color of their saris. [/i] http://www.religioustolerance.org/hinduism3.htm Also it appears that women are looked at as worthless in the Hindu religion, so you might want to delve into that a little more and get infornmation from different sources before you decide to have children raised in that religion. http://www.religioustolerance.org/hinduism4.htm Here is a really good and unbiased site to read up on Hinduism. http://hinduism.about.com/?terms=hinduism Good luck with that and I hope these links help.
• United States
28 Jul 09
Although i'm an atheist myself i respect Hinduism a lot. I think you made a good choice letting him teach kids about Hinduism. It really varies from person to person though, I know many people of this faith who don't eat meat, but then there are those who do eat meat, so it's not too easy to say this is and not that. I'd say look at what habits he has in regards to religion as well as searching for it on line.