Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest religions. It has complex roots, and involves a vast array of practices and a host of deities. Its plethora of forms and beliefs reflects the tremendous diversity of India, where most of its one billion followers reside. Hinduism is more than a religion. It is a culture, a way of life, and a code of behavior.
Among the founders of the world's major religions, the Buddha was the only teacher who did not claim to be other than an ordinary human being. The Buddha was simply a human being and he claimed no inspiration from any god or external power.