Hinduism - predominant and indigenous religious tradition of the Indian Subcontinent. Its followers are called Hindus, who refer to it as San?tana Dharma (a Sanskrit phrase meaning "the eternal law that sustains/upholds/surely preserves"), amongst many other expressions. Hinduism has no single founder, and is formed of diverse traditions, including a wide spectrum of laws and prescriptions of "daily morality" based on the notion of karma, dharma, and societal norms. Among its direct roots is the historical Vedic religion of Iron Age India and, as such, Hinduism is often called the "oldest living religion" or the "oldest living major religion" in the world.
world's oldest living civilization and religion
It is also recognized as the oldest major religion in the world