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Old Earth to First Federation age religion practiced by people of Indian ethnic group; Henotheistic, usually panentheistic/monistic (or sometimes dualistic), believes in karma and the transmigration of souls, a cyclic universe, and the attainment of liberation (mukti or moksha) through knowledge, devotion, works, or yoga.

The influence of Hinduism is felt very strongly in the religious beliefs of many people in the Terragen Sphere in the modern era, especially in the Sophic League and Zoeific Biopolity, but also elsewhere.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 04 November 2001.