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Why did the island of Bali remain Hindu when most of the rest of Indonesia converted to Islam?

It's an interesting question (although it has been 2 years without satisfying answer; maybe you've found the answer), because it is located between Jawa Timur (East Java) and Nusa Tenggara Barat (West ...
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Why did the island of Bali remain Hindu when most of the rest of Indonesia converted to Islam?

There were several reasons, many of which you listed. First, Bali was a relatively isolated part of the country, after Sumatra, Java, and Borneo, far from the main trade routes (near today's Malaysia)...
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What is the source of this Ambedkar quote on freedom of thought in Hinduism?

The quote is a from a speech Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar gave on the 31st of May 1936 in Bombay (Mumbai) to the Bombay Presidency Mahar Conference. The full translated version of the speech, What Path to ...
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How have European countries affected the caste system in India?

Strict Jati Separation is Ancient Harvard geneticist David Reich did a study of ancient and modern Indian genetics, and determined that endogamy within the caste system is at least 3,000 years old. ...
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Who has dated Mahabharata around 1800BC?

I take it this question is derived from its current Wikipedia entry on the subject, which contains the following line: Attempts to date the events using methods of archaeoastronomy have produced, ...
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What did Buddhism vs. Hinduism mean politically?

600 B.C. was roughly the beginning of the Mahajanapadas (Great States). It saw the beginning of not only small kingdoms, but also major urban centers. The era is marked by the transition from Painted ...
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When did the Hindu-Muslim split start in India?

I don't want to discount the corrosive influence of British colonialism. But you could point to the reign of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb as ratcheting up tensions between Hindus and Muslims, ...
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Is the Krishna (a god within Hinduism), an appropriated historical figure?

Indian historians It appears to be very much dependant upon who exactly the historians are. Scholars of Hinduism and Indian history would appear to be in favour of a historical Krishna, according to ...
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Is Rama Setu a historical proof of Ramayana?

No, it cannot be. This article by Frontline magazine (behind paywall; you can download the full article from this link) says, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) found no evidence to indicate ...
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What was the world's largest religion in 1500?

The Taoist, Confucianist and Traditional religions of China (grouped together) were the largest religions by a huge margin, with (guesstimate) 115-125 million followers. Hinduism would be the single ...
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Is this symbol found in Crimea Gothic? Indian? Indo-European?

I can't find any scholarship that really touches on this question, which honestly leaves me a bit skeptical. A caption under this image in the Wikipedia article on "Crimean Goths" claims that it ...
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Which is the oldest of all Hindu Puranas?

According to the list of Purāṇas provided in A Concise Encyclopaedia Of Hinduism by Swami Harshananda, Vāyu Purāṇa from A.D. 200 appears to be the oldest. +---------+-----------------+------------+---...
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When did Hinduism forbid overseas travel?

Raja Ram Mohan Roy was the first hindu Brahmin who ignored the old rule of ocean travelling prohibition... on 15th November 1830.
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What did Buddhism vs. Hinduism mean politically?

The main limitation of Hinduism was that it was a "local" religion, to the Indian subcontinent. The term Hindu derives from "Sindu," a part of India. Over the two hundred years or so after 500 BCE, it ...
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