There are numerous smaller languages spoken by the people of Nepal, although some
of these people learn Nepali or English as a second language. English is one of
the most common second languages taught in Nepal and is particularly important in
business, tourism, and government operations.
Over 80% of Nepal's population is Hindi, although this
version of the religion is slightly different than most of India.
Another 10% of the population is Buddhist and the last 10% is made up of various
religions, including Muslims and Kirants.
Hinduism is a religion that is sometimes called a "way of life" as opposed
to a religion as there are various differences in Hinduism from one believer to
the next. There are also a huge number of variations of Hinduism, making it difficult
to fully define due to the number of variations. There is no single higher being
that is worshipped, although many followers believe in a number of gods or simply
see the earth and all living beings as being sacred. There is generally a strong
reliance on karma and reincarnation in the way Hindus live their lives.
Many believe their actions, positive or negative, will return to benefit or hurt
one's existence, now or in a future life. How a person lives this life is also
often times associated with how that being will be re-born, either in a better position
or worse than a being is currently in.