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Polytheistic Religions

People who believe in polytheistic religions believe in more than one god.  Polytheistic religions of note are:
Religion Where and when it began Tenets (beliefs) Religious Figures Sacred Texts
Hinduism India, c. 1500-500 BC reincarnation, ones actions (karma) dictate status in next life, caste system Vishnu, Shiva, Shakti (gods) Veda, Bhagavad-Gita
Buddhism India, c. 486 BC Four Noble Truths, Eightfold Path (code of conduct), karma, goal is nirvana (release of soul from cycle of reincarnation) Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) Tripitaka
Shintoism Japan, c. 500 BC Animism, sacredness in universe which humans can become attuned to Emperor of Japan Kokiji, Nikong


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