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Former good article nominee Indian religions was a good articles nominee, but did not meet the good article criteria at the time. There are suggestions below for improving the article. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.

Sanātana traditions[edit]

I did find it after looking again (the link was wrong). It seems to be the personal creation of a Navjyoti Singh, not exactly notable. As IndianChronicles pointed out, Sanatana usually refers to Hinduism. So the material is confusing and misleading. Mitsube (talk) 22:14, 23 April 2010 (UTC)

Unorganised[edit]

I was just reading this article and its very unorganised. If someone could try and seperate the information on each religion instead of clumping it into one timeline. Independent paragraphs/sections for each religion.86.164.140.95 (talk) 12:25, 5 July 2010 (UTC) I was very very Italic text confused — Preceding unsigned comment added by 108.40.36.234 (talk) 15:51, 22 February 2012 (UTC)

Seconded. This article needs significant cleanup and reorganization. The text under the picture of the standing bodhisattva would be a good place to start. 114.143.120.212 (talk) 16:17, 27 June 2012 (UTC)

Shakta[edit]

Does the Shakta sect (Tantra) not meet notability standards for inclusion in this article? AaronCarson (talk) 01:57, 31 July 2011 (UTC)

Edit request on 14 January 2012[edit]

Akshardham is one of the largest Hindu temple in the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angkor_Wat being perhaps the largest 89.236.47.66 (talk) 22:21, 14 January 2012 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done, unclear what you're requesting--Jac16888 Talk 14:51, 21 January 2012 (UTC)

Dharmic religions and Zoroastrianism[edit]

The Council of Dharmic Faiths, UK includes Zoroastrianism. Shouldn't we include Zoroastrianism too?[2] Yogesh Khandke (talk) 07:06, 9 June 2012 (UTC)

It does not mean anything or change facts. Council of Dharmic Faiths, UK is not a reliable source. Tomorrow they may even add Islam.--Indian Chronicles (talk) 09:23, 9 June 2012 (UTC)
The Council of Dharmic Faiths isn't a source, it is as its name suggests a council of different faiths. That it may include Islam is a hypothesis, and thus irrelevant.Yogesh Khandke (talk) 02:27, 17 June 2012 (UTC)


Greenland map[edit]

Why is Greenland black in that map? Most Greenlanders are Lutheran these days.Ordinary Person (talk) 05:07, 1 August 2012 (UTC)

Inconsistencies in the article[edit]

  • The article claims that

    Jainism and Buddhism belong to the sramana tradition, which arose in 700-500 BCE

. The next statement claims that

The Shramana tradition gave rise to Jainism, Buddhism, and Yoga

. This makes me ask question what exactly is shramana tradition. Was it a tradition which evolved into Jainism, Buddhism and Yoga, is it a term that is used to call them (Jain, Buddhist and Yogic practices) collectively, or is it something else entirely?

  • Elsewhere in the article it is claimed that

    Jainism was established by a lineage of 24 enlightened beings culminating with Parsva (9th century BCE) and Mahavira (6th century BCE)

. I find this contradictory with the earlier claim, if sramana tradition arose in 700-500 BCE, why does it mentioned that Jainism, which rose due to shramana tradtion, was established by a lineage of 24 people with Parshva belonging to 9th century BCE (before 700 BCE)?

  • Multiple dates are attributed to Mahavira. Mahavira (c. 549–477 BCE) and Mahavira (599–527 BCE). Rahul Jain (talk) 08:46, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
I have made some minor changes that should hopefully take care of the inconsistencies.--Indian Chronicles (talk) 10:03, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
Mahavira's date is to be taken as (599–527 BCE). Some scholars have taken date as (c. 549–477 BCE) in keeping with the redating of Buddha's date (since they were contemporaries).--Indian Chronicles (talk) 10:03, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
It is better now, though still a lot of improvements can be done. Rahul Jain (talk) 17:04, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
Wikipedia isn't perfect, but needs continues effort for improvements. Thanks to both of you! Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 17:39, 8 June 2013 (UTC)

Vedic tradition or Vedic Hinduism?[edit]

This edit by User:Rockin It Loud removed the following essential source and quote:

... to call this period Vedic Hinduism is a contradiction in terms since Vedic religion is very different from what we generally call Hindu religion - at least as much as Old Hebrew religion is from medieval and modern Christian religion. However, Vedic religion is treatable as a predecessor of Hinduism.(source:Jamison and Witzel)

It was replaced by the following sentence, and a lot of references:

While most believe the tradition was Hindu, a few believe it is a religion distinct from Hinduism.

The remark "while most believe the tradition was Hindu" is WP:OR; the sentence "a few believe" is misleading, and contradicted by the removed quote. I've therefor reinserted that quote.

The same alterations were made to Vedic period diff1, Historical Vedic religion diff2 and Religion in India diff.

I also question the way those source sare being used:

  • P. 386 Transcultural Concepts in Nursing Care By Margaret M. Andrews, Joyceen S. Boyle - can't check this one by Google Books, but I wonder how much "Nursing Care" has got to do with The Vedic tardition. Which source suses this book?
  • P. 484 Merriam-Webster's Encyclopaedia of World Religions By Wendy Doniger, M. Webster, Merriam-Webster, Inc - Iacchus, I Am MOvement, Iasion, Iblis - I don't see anything on this page on "Vedic".
  • P. 285 Communication for Development in the Third World By Srinivas R. Melkote, H. Leslie Steeves - This page mentions Gandhi, but where's "Vedic"
  • P. xvi The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hinduism By Linda Johnsen - can't check this one by Google Books
  • P. 219 Faith, Religion & Theology By Brennan Hill, Paul F. Knitter, William Madges - "Of all the so-called "world religions" Hinduism is the oldest and most loosely organised, and, therefor, the most difficult to describe. Many scholars hold that Hinduism is really a multicolored collection of diverse religious tarditions, all of them tracing their origins to the Indis Valley in Northern India, way back around the second millennium BCE, and all of them still forming a scattered an diverse religious family on the subcontinent of India" (p.219-220) - "origins", not "the Vedic traditon was Hindusim"
  • P. 72 Multicultural Clients By Sybil M. Lassiter - can't check this one by Google Books
  • P. 15 Twenty Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation By Ian Stevenson (first edition 1966, reprint 1980) - 1966 is not exactly state-of-the-art scholarship. The page says "Hinduism is the oldest surviving religion of the world since its origins can be traced back to the fourth millennium BCE. Its doctrines and practices do not differ much today from what they were thousands of years ago". So, that's one source suggesting an inbroken continuation. Compare this with King (1999, p.182): "Despite all of these problems, one might argue that there are a number of reasons why one should retain the term "Hinduism". [...] Thirdly, one might wish to retain the term, as Lipner does, with the qualification that its radical polythetic nature be ubderstood. Such an approach would need to be thoroughly non-essentailist in approach and draw particular attention to the to the ruptures and discontinuities, the criss-crossing patterns and 'family-resemblances' which are usually subsumed by unreflective and essentialist usage of the term." also notice this remark by King (1999, p.176): "Richard King notes: "Consequently, it remains an anachronism to project the notion of "Hinduism" as it is commonly understood into pre-colonial history."
  • P. 6 Hinduism By Sue Penney - can't check this one by Google Books
  • P. 22 The Best Guide to Eastern Philosophy and Religion By Diane Morgan - can't check this one by Google Books
  • P. 212 Alternative Religions By Stephen Hunt - can't check this one by Google Books
  • P. 35 Common Spirit Common Ground By Michael Strange - "Hinduism is the oldest religion in the world" and "The sriptures of Hinduism are called Vedic literature". The source does not say "The Vedic tradition was Hinduism". Also, the statement "The sriptures of Hinduism are called Vedic literature" is gross generalisation. See Tantra and Agamas, and the influence of the brahman caste on the creation of the notion of Hinduism as a single, unified world religion (King 1999).
  • P. 72 Canadian and World Politics By John Ruypers, Ruypers, Austin, Carter, Murphy - can't check this one by Google Books

Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 07:25, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

It seems pretty clear that these edits are in violation of WP:NPOV, WP:SYNTH, WP:INTEGRITY, WP:RS/AC, and they were rightly reverted. --Omnipaedista (talk) 19:48, 10 June 2013 (UTC)

Hindu history or Indian history?[edit]

I understand the wish to present Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism as separate from Hinduism (I also prefer to do so for Buddhism), yet, they are not totally separate from Hinduism or India. Separate histories can be found for each of those religions; the fun of this article is that it also shows simultaneous developments. For that reason, I reverted User:Rahuljain2307's re-ordening, and added other periodisations, to make clear(er) that Indian History is (fascinating) rich and complex. Greetings, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 19:28, 14 June 2013 (UTC)

The periodisation that is presented here seems specifically for Hinduism and the rest of the section seems to have been built on top of it. Jainism and Buddhism is covered under "ascetic reform" and Sikkhism under "Islamic rule and sects of Hinduism". Would it be difficult to present simultaneous development without making it seem that the other three religion are a sect of Hinduism? What is the scope of the article? Should Indian religion cover only the history of the four religion or provide a summary of them? Rahul Jain (talk) 19:47, 14 June 2013 (UTC)
It's not my intention to present a history of Indian religions as a history of Hinduism; on the contrary. I've already had some discussions with editors who prefer that kind of view. The information I've found comes indeed from books about Hinduism; nevertheless, those schemes provide all the space to insert information on Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 20:14, 14 June 2013 (UTC)
I made some changes to the headers eg "Classical Hinduism" is now "Classical Period" Jujhar.pannu (talk) 20:52, 14 June 2013 (UTC)
Face-smile.svg - though it might even be better to use the Suemme-periodofication. Seems to be more neutral. Also, "Classical period" as Michaels uses it refers it to a "Golden Age" of Hinduism, while "Classical" as Suemme uses it refers to the period in which Jainism and Buddhism originated. But that's not the main argument; Flood's and Suemme's seems to be more widely used. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 03:13, 15 June 2013 (UTC)
Can we use Flood's or Muesse's periodisation to base the history? They seem much more cleaner. Rahul Jain (talk) 04:11, 15 June 2013 (UTC)
Done! Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 04:16, 15 June 2013 (UTC)
What should be the scope of this article? Rahul Jain (talk) 16:15, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

Too much, too much, already... All because of this term "Dharmic religions"... Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 17:21, 15 June 2013 (UTC)

Reverting of edits made by Rockin It Loud at 21 july 2013[edit]

Here we go again...

  • Edit 1: Edit summary: ""Hinduism" was already in use by Hindus after the Arab invasion as the followers used the term Hindu Dharma to describe their religion." This info is sourced. It does not say when the term "Hindu" began to be first applied; it says that 19th century thinkers were influenced by these thinkers.
  • Second edit: after the change the sentence suggests that some auhtors think that the Shramana movement gave rise to Jainism and Buddhism. So other authors don't think so?
  • Third edit: Edit summary: "Dravidian ethnicities are irrelevant in this context". I think you're well aware that the Dravidian culture pre-dates the Vedic, and that the influence of the Vedic religion and language is a central element in the history of India, as reflected in Indo-Aryanization or Sanskritization.
  • Fourth edit: inaccurate use of sources; WP:OR:
    • "other sources, including Hindus recognize Vedism as a part of Hinduism":
      • Bhattacharyya p.6: "The Vedas contain the fundamental truths about Hindu Dharma" - that's not the same as the sentence it's supposed to source
      • Agarwal: "The present Hindu Dharma is the modern version of the ancient Vedic Dharma" - that's also not the same as the sentence it's supposed to source
      • Sundararajan: can't check that one
    • "Hindu priests and monks [...] particular Hindu sect.": this is about Vīrabhadra Gosāñi from a sectarian website. To make general statements about Hinduism based on this source is WP:OR
    • "Some Vaishnavas [...] worshiping Vishnu.": idem.
    • "Some modern Hindu scholars use the "Vedic religion" synonymously with "Hinduism." - not in source, at least not at page 18.
    • "Radakrishnan [...] authority": not in source, and dubious. Roy's view on the Vedas as authoritative is unclear (Ranbachan 1994 "The Limits of Scripture" p.16); Vivekenanda gave his own interpretation.

Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 05:04, 22 July 2013 (UTC)

I have been watching from afar and an becoming increasingly concerned with the amount of misrepresentation etc. Much more of this and I'll be thinking of asking for a topic ban from all pages relating to religion. I support JJ's reverts. - Sitush (talk) 19:42, 25 July 2013 (UTC

Dharmic religions[edit]

Why is this page entitled "Indian religions" rather than the more correct "Dharmic religions"? After all, there are also Muslims and Christians (and probably Pagans) in India. I propose this page be moved. Regards, Meclee (talk) 23:23, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. Editors desiring to contest the closing decision should consider a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: Not moved. Jafeluv (talk) 08:56, 9 August 2013 (UTC)


Indian religionsDharmic religions – More correct Meclee (talk) 23:26, 31 July 2013 (UTC)

Reply by JJ - There has been previous concencus for the deletion of "Dharmic" pages and categories:

Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 03:54, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

I am astonished that so many thought the term was "made up" for Wikipedia. It's been in use a long time. I just got 4,840,000 hits on Google for "examples of Dharmic religions", including even Yahoo answers. Meclee (talk) 15:17, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

I got only five... Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 19:17, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

Comment by 76.65.128.222 - South Asian religions ? (As "Indian" is used frequently to refer to Native Americans) -- 76.65.128.222 (talk) 04:10, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

You're kidding? Where do you think the name "Indians" for native Americans comes from? Columbus went west to find a western route to India, thought he'd arrived there, and called the people he met "Indians". Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 04:55, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
What's your point? The Native American religions are frequently called "Indian religions" -- 76.65.128.222 (talk) 05:45, 1 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose. If you don't use quotes, Google hits can be huge, sure. "Dharmic religions" alone in quotes gets a mere 48k hits on Google. On Google Scholar, it's 86 hits. The biggest complaint is that the dharmic term apparently has sectarian overtones - it's promoted by a specific group to promote themselves, basically. Anyway, proposer hasn't really put forward a solid case for using the term as being accurate or common other than google hits, which isn't very much. SnowFire (talk) 00:10, 2 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose. The article is about the native religions of India. Dharma is only one of the things that they have in common and the article is about not about religions based on it. Imc (talk) 22:01, 3 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose. It's a modern term, used by a specific group of Indians. Buddhists don't use it... Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 19:17, 4 August 2013 (UTC)
This last statement is incorrect. Buddhists do use the term "dharmic"; some examples: 1 2 3 4. Th second is written by Bikkhu Bhodi, It's hard to think of a more consummate communicator of Buddhism.
Nobody questions whether Buddhists can use the term "dharmic." The question is whether the best title for religions that started on the Indian subcontinent is Indian religions, or dharmic religions. The "somebody used the term somewhere" metric would be an argument for hundreds of potential titles of this article. SnowFire (talk) 22:26, 5 August 2013 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page or in a move review. No further edits should be made to this section.

Rollback[edit]

I've rolled back Jujhar.pannu's edits of 14 septmeber 2013 for the following reasons:

  • Undue weight to the siddhas in the lead;
  • WP:OR on "self-conformation"
  • Break-up of the flow of the article, by highlighting the similarities at the start of the article. This is typical for a contemporary Hindu-understanding of Indisan religions, which is not necessarily shared by the other Indian religions. It laso leaves the article without a proper introduction on the subject.

Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 11:09, 14 September 2013 (UTC)

I disagree with all those subjective points. There is much more information in my edit and I revised it a bit I hope your fine with that but the Siddhas need to be mentioned feel free to cut a sentence but the Siddhas are always almost considered a region on their own from any of the Indian perspectives and their contributions to Indian philosophy is too tremendous to be weighted out of the lead.
Primarily also I fail to understand what you have a problem with the 'Self-confomation' section. It is clear and object and also non neutral and non glorifying. Those people did actually preach self-conformation and it is actually a big theme in all of the 5 major Indian religions, right?
If you want to make it easier for everyone I suggest you please not revert and instead just remove the things you feel are objecting the Wiki rules rather than personal opinions. Kindly, Jujhar.pannu (talk) 22:36, 14 September 2013 (UTC)
Reply by JJ:
  • The lead summarises the article; adding the siddhas to the lead is WP:UNDUE. First add a paragraph on them to the article;
  • The "Self-conformation" (sic; what is is?) is based on WP:OR;
  • See WP:BRD; it's up to you to do some proper editing, conforming to Wiki-policy.
Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 08:10, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 2 May 2014[edit]

There is a spelling error. Please Ctrl+f 'ont' and change it to 'on'. Thanks. Jdiv08 (talk) 06:58, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Thanks for pointing that out - Arjayay (talk) 08:31, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

Dharmic religions[edit]

The term "dharmic religions" has been extensively discussed at Wikipedia, and is not accepted as WP:COMMONNAME. Had the editor who inserted this term read this talk page, he should have noticed. But to repeat the arguments:

  • WP:COMMONNAME - Count of usage:
    • Google Scholar gives 78 (seventy-eight) hits for "Dharmic religions", and 7.430 for "Indian religions".
    • Google Books gives 73 hits for "Dharmic religions", and 93.000 hits for "Indian religions".
    • When we exclude "Wikipedia, "Dharmic religions" gives 66, and "Indian religions" gives 236.000 - an amazing growth of numbers, which raises questions on this search-engine, but nevertheless, it's a ratio of 1:1208, or 1:3576.
    • Bing: Inidian Religions with 41,100,000 and Dharmic Religions with 121,000. Basically 340 to 1 in favor of Indian Religions.
"When titling articles in specific fields, or with respect to particular problems, there is often previous consensus that can be used as a precedent. Look to the guideline pages referenced."

There has been previous concencus for the deletion of "Dharmic" pages and categories:

The issue has also been extensiveley discussed at Talk:Indian religions, previously "Dharmic religions":

The term is used by a small minority, most notably Malhotra and Frawley. They are being mentioned in the article, but they are definititely not WP:RS. To mention this term in the lead is WP:UNDUE. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 20:37, 9 May 2014 (UTC)