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What are the two things that Buddha rejected about early Hinduism?

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  1. Most important: the concept of a soul, both a universal soul (god, Brahman, or any other kind of “universal mind/consciousness”) and an individual soul (with qualities like permanent, partless and independent). That’s two.
    Other, minor, things:
    The caste system; the heavy reliance on rituals as an actual means of salvation; the belief in holy texts that are seen as holy merely because they come from a holy source (divinely inspired); strict asceticism (seen as counter-productive self-mortification by the Buddha); animal offerings (Buddhism teaches the protection of all life, including animals); the social teachings that go against equality between people, like gender roles, class differences (caste or other), aristocracy, nations, races, and so on.

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