Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Building Bridges: A World Religions Program for 8th-9th Grades

Activity 5: Time Line

Activity time: 3 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Religions Time Line (Workshop 1)
  • Sticky notes and fine-point markers
  • World map or globe

Preparation for Activity

  • Display the time line where all participants will be able to see it.
  • Write a sticky note saying "Hinduism, Indigenous, 3000 BCE, if not earlier."

Description of Activity

The Religions Time Line is updated to add Hinduism.

Ask participants if they remember when humans began practicing religion, as best as possible from archaeological findings. If they do not recall, tell them it was about 3 million years ago. Do they recall the age of Hinduism? Hinduism is also an indigenous faith; however, we have indications it had become remarkably diverse and sophisticated as long ago as 3000 BCE. This is now the earliest date on our time line. Place the sticky note on the time line.

Ask if participants remember where on the earth Hinduism emerged. Point out India on the map or globe. Ask where Hinduism is practiced today. (Primarily in India, but practicing Hindus can be found everywhere in the world.)