Hinduism is Not a Single Religion Hinduism is not a term which identifies a single set of beliefs or ways of worship. Indeed the word itself doesn't appear in English until 1829. Hinduism is the practices of a variety of different religious groups which come out of India. Origins Hinduism developed from the religious practices of those who lived near the River Indus in modern day Pakistan. However Hinduism has been, and continues to be, influenced by the traditions, stories and practices of people from other parts of India and beyond. The Nature of God Hindus believe in the universal soul (Brahman), as the sole reality who is present in all things. Brahman has no form, and is eternal. Brahman is creator, preserver and transformer of everything. Brahman appears in the human spirit as atman, or the soul. What About All Those Hindu Gods? It is often believed that Hindus worship many gods, but in fact, many Hindus would claim to believe in one eternal god (Brahman) which is indefinable, whilst revering other deities. They recognise the other gods as different aspects of the Brahman http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/hinduism/intro2.shtml Do you agree ?