What effect does Buddhism have on the world?

Buddhism had a positive effect in a number of Asian countries, where it provided an opportunity to live a spiritual and ethical life whether a person had been born into wealth or into poverty. Around the time that Buddhism was created, Hinduism was the dominant faith in India and neighboring countries, and its belief in a caste system meant that certain groups from the upper class (Brahmins) were favored, while lower caste groups (Shudras, untouchables) were seen as not sufficiently pious and in need of further rebirths to work their way up the caste system. Buddhism rejected the concept of caste and gave all believers an equal chance to reach Nirvana, by following the practices the Buddha had recommended. Buddhism also did not have a system of gods and goddesses (although later, Buddha would come to be worshiped by many believers), so elaborate and expensive rituals were not necessary. Buddhism thus appealed to a wider range of people.