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...14). Finally, it says “To be sure, many verses from the holy books-especially the Upanishads of the Sama-Veda…” (Hesse 15). They all bring up major ritual elements of Hinduism, making it certain that Hinduism is a main part of Siddhartha.
Siddhartha obviously has much to do with Hinduism as seen through the textual references above. Hinduism, although it did not bringing him to enlightenment, had a major influence on his childhood. The text held all the key words right out in the open for the reader to discover and recognize Hinduism for themselves. The textual references above are just few of many pieces of evidence that this religion is all through this book. The religion Hinduism made Siddhartha’s childhood, what it was, and set a bases for the rest of the story.
Hesse, Hermann, Siddhartha, New Delhi: Rupa Publications, 2003
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