Hinduism's Spread through
Hinduism is often
erroneously looked at as restricted to the subcontinent of India.
However, historically Hinduism has been practiced throughout much of
the world, and teachings of the same order as Hinduism have
flourished everywhere. Hinduism has never formulated itself as
restricted to a particular geographical region but as relevant to
all beings. Nor has it frozen itself in time. It has continued to
grow and absorb additional spiritual and cultural impulses into
itself, developing in an organic way.
Hinduism has spread in three
main waves through history. The first wave occurred during ancient
history and prehistory. It is difficult to define but is clearly
evidenced by the common language, culture and religion found from
Bengal to Ireland among peoples speaking Indo-European languages.
Regions of ancient
Indo-European culture consist of Europe (including Greece, Rome, the
ancient Germans, Kelts and Slavs), Anatolia (Modern Turkey, until
the Turkish invasions of the Middle Ages), Syria (the Mittani era,
second millennium BC), Iraq (the Kassite Era of the second
millennium BC), Armenia, Persia, Afghanistan, Central Asia, Western
China (the Tarim Basin and further east), and North India (to the
In addition similar
practices to the Hindu can be found in all ancient cultures,
including the Egyptians, Babylonians, Sumerians, Chinese and
Meso-americans with their common solar religions, fire offerings,
and tripartite social system of priests, warriors and common people.
This early phase of Hinduism, or Vedic culture, existed from perhaps
as early as 7000 BC to as late as 500 BC.