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Quiz about Hindus And HinDonts

Hindus And Hin-Don'ts Trivia Quiz


Since I am not Hindu, I had to research carefully. I have discovered a number of interesting aspects about Hindu culture of which I was completely unaware. I thought you might like for me to share my new-found learnings. Hope you enjoy!

A multiple-choice quiz by logcrawler. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
logcrawler
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
356,407
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. How many gods and goddesses do Hindus worship? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Many people are aware that Hindus bathe communally in the Ganges River, the most sacred river in India. They do this especially during the Ardh Kumbh Mela festival, when roughly 10 million people gather to perform this ritual. How often does this festival take place? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Don't wear these colors to a wedding of Hindus, if you are a guest. They have special meanings and could detract from the ceremony itself. Which three colors should you most likely avoid wearing? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Which gift would be LEAST likely to be well received by a Hindu, if you visited as a guest in their home? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Which Hindu god is the LEAST worshipped today, with only two temples dedicated to him in all of India? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. A person may be a practising Hindu while simultaneously maintaining an attitude of atheism; that is a non-belief in any god. True or false?


Question 7 of 10
7. The slaughter of cattle is legally banned in 6 of India's 28 states, while some states have lesser or even no restrictions.
True or false?


Question 8 of 10
8. The major caste systems (an indicator of social standing) of Hindus consist of Brahmins (the priestly class); Kshatriyas (the warrior class); Vaishyas (the merchant or peasant class); Shudras (the labor class) and Chandalas (the impure or untouchable class). True or false?


Question 9 of 10
9. Why is it considered extremely rude to offer someone in Hindu culture, (and others) anything with the LEFT hand? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. It is considered to be good manners to point with the forefinger of the right hand to a Hindu when emphasizing an idea or concept that concerns them in a favorable way. True or false?



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1. How many gods and goddesses do Hindus worship?

Answer: 30 or more

Hindus have a multitude of gods and goddesses that they may choose to worship. Just to list a few of them: Ganesha, Shiva, Hanuman, Durga, Lakshmi, Brahma and Indra.

Hindus have a remarkable tolerance for a variety of gods and goddesses within the realm of those which fall into the category of Hinduism, thus allowing even members of the same family to worship different gods in the same household. The reason that this is so prevalent is simply because they believe that they are all representative of the same god or "energy source", and their personal favorite is nothing more than one aspect of the same god.
2. Many people are aware that Hindus bathe communally in the Ganges River, the most sacred river in India. They do this especially during the Ardh Kumbh Mela festival, when roughly 10 million people gather to perform this ritual. How often does this festival take place?

Answer: every 6 years

Hindus engage in their ritual bathing every 6 years at the ARDH KUMB MELAH festival where the waters of the Ganges and Jamuna rivers meet.

A closely related festival, the Kumbh Mela is a ritual bathing ceremony that is celebrated every three years, but since there are four different locations in which it is observed, that bathing ritual only occurs in the same river once every twelve years.
3. Don't wear these colors to a wedding of Hindus, if you are a guest. They have special meanings and could detract from the ceremony itself. Which three colors should you most likely avoid wearing?

Answer: Black, white and red

Avoid wearing white, (reserved for funerals); black, (reserved for mourning) and red, (reserved for the bride herself). You do not want to "outshine" the bride, nor would you wish to be shown to be in mourning on such a joyous occasion.

Wear bright, happy colors, (other than red, of course!)
4. Which gift would be LEAST likely to be well received by a Hindu, if you visited as a guest in their home?

Answer: A leather jacket

Since most Hindus are vegetarians and prefer to avoid causing pain to animals, the gift of leather would be the most offensive to their sensibilities. When in doubt, simply ask the host what would be an appropriate gift to bring.
5. Which Hindu god is the LEAST worshipped today, with only two temples dedicated to him in all of India?

Answer: Brahma

According to Hindu beliefs, Brahma's job was to create all things, while the other two gods of the Hindu triumvirate (Vishnu and Shiva) are the preserver of the universe, and the destroyer of things in order to re-create them, respectively.

One of the many possible reasons given for Brahma's lack of current popularity may be because of the over-riding sentiment of Hindus that everything that COULD be created has already BEEN created.
6. A person may be a practising Hindu while simultaneously maintaining an attitude of atheism; that is a non-belief in any god. True or false?

Answer: True

Atheistic doctrines dominate Hindu schools such as Samkhya and Mimamsa. One argument presented is that the existence of god (Ishvara) cannot be proven, and thus cannot be admitted to exist. Samkhya argues that an unchanging God cannot be the the beginning point for a world that undergoes constant change.
7. The slaughter of cattle is legally banned in 6 of India's 28 states, while some states have lesser or even no restrictions. True or false?

Answer: True

This is true, although while not all Hindus are strict vegetarians, (some eat shellfish, chicken and other meats), the cow in Hindu society is typically viewed as a kind of caretaker as well as a type of "mother figure". Hindus honor the cow as a holy animal and revere it as a token of unselfish giving.

Beef, however, may be consumed in some of the northern parts of the country.

(There are approximately 3,600 slaughterhouses operating legally in India, for the slaughter of other animals, but an estimated 30,000+ illegal slaughterhouses are in operation as well.)
8. The major caste systems (an indicator of social standing) of Hindus consist of Brahmins (the priestly class); Kshatriyas (the warrior class); Vaishyas (the merchant or peasant class); Shudras (the labor class) and Chandalas (the impure or untouchable class). True or false?

Answer: True

Brahmin are considered the middle men between the gods and man. Kshatriyas are considered to be the protectors of the people. Vaishyas are money lenders and cultivate land, while the Shudras duty is to the serve the higher castes. Finally, the Chandalas work in graveyards, cremation grounds, as animal butchers and in other undesirable types of labor.
9. Why is it considered extremely rude to offer someone in Hindu culture, (and others) anything with the LEFT hand?

Answer: That hand is used (with water) in place of toilet tissue

Not only is the left hand considered impure because of the practice of cleaning up after relieving oneself, shoes are also thought to be impure, especially if someone is physically touched by the shoes on the wearer's feet.
10. It is considered to be good manners to point with the forefinger of the right hand to a Hindu when emphasizing an idea or concept that concerns them in a favorable way. True or false?

Answer: False

Absolutely NOT!

Never point with the index finger of the right hand. This is considered to be an extremely harsh gesture because that finger is considered to control a "super-charged" force of powerful and aggressive energy. This is believed to have the capability to cause damage to the recipient's nervous system. The whole hand may be used as an indicator, however. This is accomplished by holding the palm up and the thumb held in position alongside the forefinger.
Source: Author logcrawler

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