I would first like to lay out the pagan spirit of Hinduism. Hinduism venerates the divine force behind nature, and projects that force and nature into through deities or “god-images”. This idea is at the heart of paganism, and so is the sacred attention given to sexuality in Hinduism.
The pagan way works with energy, specifically sexual energy, the energy of creation, and the energy of the world, and a love of nature is a given. This is the pagan way, and the Hindu way. They’re almost pretty much the same.
Of course, it should be noted that not all regions shared the same the same customs and traditions, so the ways paganism is expressed in different parts of the world is different, but even if they don’t call it pagan, the spirit is still there. Also, different parts of the world worship different deities with different names, but the general principle behind the worship is usually the same.
Now for the differences between this pagan mode of spirituality and the Abrahamic mode of religion.
The Abrahamic mode of religion is based on the idea of a “Supreme Deity” or “One True God” who must be obeyed, and the idea that we must prostrate ourselves in submission, surrendering the self. This mode of religion is very dogmatic, denies individualism, and demands faith and obedience. It denies nature, denies life, denies the mystic understanding in favour of pure, blind, sheepish worship. It probably needs a better word than Abrahamic, but the term has its uses.
While some say that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are actually pagan faiths, or were once pagan, I fell compelled to disagree. It is possible that they took something from the pagan world which did surround them, or simply used pagan ideas, ultimately, they are not pagan, for they deny everything that characterises paganism, they rejects the pagan spirit and ideas, and are very different from paganism, as anyone without a one world one religion agenda can see.