II. Ancient and Classical Periods, 3500 B.C.E.–500 C.E. > A. Global and Comparative Dimensions > 4. The Spread of Religions, 300 B.C.E.–500 C.E. > c. Hinduism
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c. Hinduism
 
Hinduism successfully transformed itself in the face of social change in India and competition from other world-views, especially Buddhism. By 500 C.E. Hinduism was the dominant world-view in India (See c. 274–c. 236). Although it was not formally a missionary religion, its concepts and rituals spread with Indian merchants into Southeast Asia where by 500 C.E. it became an important part of the world-views of royal courts in Cambodia, Java, and elsewhere in the region (See Southeast Asia, c. 500 B.C.E.–500 C.E.).  1
 
 
 
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