From my understanding Hinduism is quite a bit older than Buddhism. Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, lived around the fifth and sixth centuries BCE.Originally posted by c.moore
...what was older Buddhism?
Hindusim had already existed, in some forms, for more than a thousand years by then and is considered by some to be world's oldest "great" religion.
Quite possibly, traders and invaders frequently bring back bits and pieces of religious philosophical lore from their travels. The common people enjoy the tales and begin to weave them into their belief systems. Eventually, some of these tales and philosophies are adopted in some form by the dominant religion to ensure the people's loyalty since it is merely re-stating what they already beleive.maybe Hindu copied things from Buddhism and was carried down into the Jewish religion and Christianity.:think:
That adoption is what I meant by the term "syncretic".