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Hindu temples found in Java, Indonesia. Does ths incident prove tht Hinduism had spread far & wide and those people were later converted by force?

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Asked by KARAN VERMA, 01 Mar '10 04:50 pm
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Hinduism has historically been a major religious and cultural influence in Java. In recent years, it has also been enjoying something of a resurgence, particularly in the eastern part of the island.

Both Java and Sumatra were subject to considerable cultural influence from the Indian subcontinent during the first and second millennia of the Common Era. Both Hinduism and Buddhism, which share a common historical background and whose membership may even overlap at times, were widely propagated in the Maritime Southeast Asia.

Hinduism, and the Sanskrit language through which it was transmitted, became highly prestigious in Java. Many Hindu temples were built, including Prambanan near Yogyakarta, which has been designated a World Heritage Site; and Hindu kingdoms flourished, of which the most important was Majapahit.

In the sixth and seventh centuries many maritime kingdoms arose in Sumatra and Java which controlled the waters in the Straits of Malacca and flourished with the incr ...more
Answered by Jack Johnson, 01 Mar '10 04:57 pm

 
  
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I am a muslim. And i do agree that idolatory, polytheism, pantieism was wide spread not only to java but also to mecca. As far as hinduism is concerned 'hindu' term is given by arab and persian to the people of land of indus river i.e Bharata or India. Actual religion in this region was 'Sanatan dharma who follows vedas, upanishada etc. Now come to your opinion of forced conversion, No historical record shows any muslim army invades indonesia or malaysia. Muslims rule about 1000 of yrs in india. If hindus were forcely converted then today there would be no hindus in india. We muslim converted back to hinduism. 80 percent hindus and 15 percent of muslims of india itself says they were not forcely converted. Islam is fastest growing religion in the world, in the europe, in the america. Can you tell me who is forcing this european, this american to convert to islam? And finally i would like to say Allah says in Quran ' No Compulsion in Religion'
Answered by Hilyas, 01 Mar '10 05:23 pm

 
  
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No muslim army ever went to Indonesia or Malaysia but they have majority muslim polpulation .Arab muslim go there on business tours and explain Islam to them .People accepted truth of Islam by free will and choice
Islam is fastest growing religion in america, europe japan korea ,which force is used on them ?
It is only propoganda
ye sub propoganda hai ke Islam spread by force . mostly by hindu extremists ,chrisitan missionaries,Jews to defame Islam but Islam is growing fastest without any force .
Answered by SHERKHAN, 01 Mar '10 10:00 pm

 
  
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Not really. Hindu traders didn't spread their influence beyond Java. Same in Kampuchea. They restricted themselfs to certain areas, and dominated there. In the Philippines, there is a HUGE sprawling Sindhi community in the Greenhills locality of Manila city, and they have been there for at least 300 years, but they never spread beyond that particular place.

And u r assuming that East Asians are incapable of forming their own culture.....just because Hinduism was there in Indonesia don't mean all Indonesians were HIndus. India always thinks she is a mother of civilization, and one of the main reasons for so many East ASian countries abandoning us in favour of China is precisely for this reason.
Answered by A Moin, 01 Mar '10 05:48 pm

 
  
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The great Chol kingdom in the mediveal times had conquored some part of Sri Lanka and Indonesia. This made growth of Hinduism and Budhhism in the reason. Combodia is another country where one would find splendid temples.
Many Indians were also taken by the British to these countries for working in the plantation business.
Answered by Anshu portfolio.anshu, 01 Mar '10 05:08 pm

 
  
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Yes Once upon a time our ancient rulers go and spread our Hindu cultures and Hinduism to all around our country. But after the death of the kings no one the followers can take control of the places and forgot about the development Hence slowly the cuture of Hinduism in those nations are disappeared and other religions are developed. we have not any feed back to those nations either in money or army to those countries that is the main fault
Answered by rviswanathan, 01 Mar '10 05:00 pm

 
  
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Their names are still hindu names
Answered by HARIJIBAN BANERJEE, 01 Mar '10 04:57 pm

 
  
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Its true. India was one large Hindu empire from North east to Afganistan, Kashmir to SE Asian islands.
Answered by gurpreet, 01 Mar '10 04:53 pm

 
  
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Once jawa-indonesia were the parts of india-the old name of indinesia is BALI DWEEP in ramayan
Answered by Pardeep kapoor, 01 Mar '10 04:52 pm

 
  
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It spread but because of our caste system no one took it. so it got limited in some countries unlike islam, buddhism and christianity.
Answered by kamini joshi, 01 Mar '10 04:52 pm

 
  
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