Esposito, Fasching, and Lewis, World Religions Today 7e Student Resources

  1. Explain how the social groupings of “castes” originated and developed.
  1. Discuss the lasting impact of British colonial rule on Hinduism.
  1. Describe some characteristics of the guru–disciple relationship in modern India.
  1. Discuss the older interpretation of “Aryan” and how our understanding of that term has changed.
  1. Briefly describe the effect the early British Protestant missionaries had on Hinduism.
  1. List some characteristics of the deity Vishnu, including how the Vishnu avatar theory contributes to Hinduism’s flexible strength and openness to ongoing revelation.