Your assignment is to prepare and submit a paper on the religious belief systems. It is also quite ironic that most major and long-standing conflicts in strife-torn areas of the world are being fought mainly on account of religious differences. People tend to be fanatic when it comes to their own religion to effectively exclude other world views about religious beliefs and practices which do not conform to their own religion, thereby giving rise to religious intolerance. The intolerance is primarily caused by misconceptions and biases based on a wrong perception of a certain religion and the people who practiced that type of religion. It is important for all people to remove the blinders which can cause religious prejudices and stereotypes.
The religion which I had chosen to research further for this paper is Hinduism. Prior to my field research, I had a lot of misconceptions about this religion because I think that it is a bit weird based on my superficial understanding and conventional information I got from the more common sources of information such as newspaper articles and television shows. The most common misconception is that Hinduism is just a sect or cult based on the act of some Bhagwan or yogis who claim to be venerable, holy or divine based on their repetitive deep meditations. Hinduism is most associated with the ancient practices of the Indian culture, such as yoga and in the practice of alternative Eastern medicine known as Ayurveda (knowledge for long life). The Indian language based on the extinct Sanskrit has manuscripts from which modern Hinduism is based on, in terms of its religious practices. My misconception of Hinduism is that it is more akin to mysticism than to any organized form of religion, as was defined earlier in this paper. .