How Much Do You Know About…Eastern Religions? In anticipation of Sravana Borkataky-Varma’s upcoming class, “The Silk Road: Seven Religions Of The East” we are offering a fun and informative quiz about Eastern religions.
1. Which country originated four of the great Eastern religions (Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism, Hinduism)?
2. What is the oldest-known and 3rd largest religion in the world?
3. Who was the founder of Hinduism?
B. No one.
C. Siddhartha Gautama.
4. The fat, laughing Buddha represents the real Buddha. True or False?
5. The Buddha was probably a vegetarian. True or False?
6. Which is the oldest-known book in the world from one of the seven Eastern religions?
A. Dao de Jing.
B. Bhagavad Gita.
C. The Rig Veda.
1. C. India
2. B. Hinduism is the oldest known religion in the world. In fact, it goes back as far as 5,000-10,000 B.C. It is also the 3rd largest religion with over a billion followers.
3. B. There is no known founder or governing body of Hinduism.
4. B. False. There are more than one Buddha. The “fat” Buddha began as a character from Chinese folk tales, and from China his legend spread throughout east Asia. He is called Budai in China and Hotei in Japan.
5. B. False. Many Buddhists are vegetarian because a major precept involves abstaining from taking life, including animal life. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that all Buddhists must become vegetarians. In the Pali Canon, a major Buddhist text, it was said that the Buddha would not eat meat from an animal killed for him, but didn’t have a problem eating meat bought from the marketplace and already dead.
6. C. The Rig Veda is the oldest known book in the world. It is an ancient Indo-Aryan Indian collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns along with associated commentaries on liturgy, ritual, and mystical exegesis. The Vedas were preserved for over 5,000 years without the use of printing. Instead, the texts were memorized!