Terminology for Hinduism
- In the west, we call the traditional religion of the Indian subcontinent Hinduism.
For example, "Hinduism is followed throughout India." The Hindus themselves call
it Sanatana Dharma--the "eternal virtue" or the "eternal
- Hindu is the term used to designate followers of Hinduism. For example,
"Many Hindus worship Shiva."
- Hindu also functions as an adjective. For instance, "The hindu belief in the
four goals of life is central."