What is Hinduism?

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Hinduism is the oldest of all religions and yet endures today as a healthy, colorful and exuberant tradition. It has intimate links with India and Nepal, but its influence visibly extends throughout South East Asia to countries like Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore, Bhutan, Indonesia-Bali etc. It has in recent times reached all corners of the world through immigration as well as through adoption by millions of persons of different nationalities, religions and cultures of one or many aspects of Hindu culture.  Hinduism is conspicuous through its art, food, dress, music and philosophy. It is classified as one of the main world religions with over 800 million followers. It has also been the source of other Eastern traditions such as Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism.