Most hindus see themselves as devotees of gods. Devotions to specific gods of hinduism three head marking. Not a single religion , practitioners devote to many gods and goddesses (family) Use the term hinduism some scholars say there is no such thing because of great complexity and diversity of religions in india. Today in temples there are signs that say only hindu", shows rise in hindu consciousness. System of beliefs, religion lacks definition, no universal arrangement of what religion constitutes as. Some think religion as a belief in god, there are religions with none. Concept of religion should be eliminated entirely (some theorists think) Hinduism is not something that is practised in specific place/time (more provisional) It structures, maintains and influences aspects of hindu lives, par of interaction, etc. Way of life rather than following a doctrine (christianity, islam) About 95% of hindus live in india.