Hinduism is a collective term applied to the many philosophical and religious traditions native to India. The tradition understands itself to be timeless, having always existed. Indeed, its collection of sacred texts is known, as a whole, as Sanatana Dharma, "The Eternal Teaching." It is thus a complex tradition that encompasses numerous interrelated religious doctrines and practices that have some common characteristics but which lack any unified system of beliefs and practices. For hundreds of years, many people have searched for some evidence of the founder of Hinduism. However, because the Hindu tradition understands itself as always having existed, it neither has a specific moment of origin or a specific founder.
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