Author: Wendy Doniger
Publisher: Oxford University Press
In this magisterial volume of essays, Wendy Doniger enhances our understanding of the ancient and complex religion to which she has devoted herself for half a century. This series of interconnected essays and lectures surveys the most critically important and hotly contested issues in Hinduism over 3,500 years, from the ancient time of the Vedas to the present day. The essays contemplate the nature of Hinduism; Hindu concepts of divinity; attitudes concerning gender, control, and desire; the question of reality and illusion; and the impermanent and the eternal in the two great Sanskrit epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Among the questions Doniger considers are: Are Hindus monotheists or polytheists? How can atheists be Hindu, and how can unrepentant Hindu sinners find salvation? Why have Hindus devoted so much attention to the psychology of addiction? What does the significance of dogs and cows tell us about Hinduism? How have Hindu concepts of death, rebirth, and karma changed over the course of history? How and why does a pluralistic faith, remarkable for its intellectual tolerance, foster religious intolerance? Doniger concludes with four concise autobiographical essays in which she reflects on her lifetime of scholarship, Hindu criticism of her work, and the influence of Hinduism on her own philosophy of life. On Hinduism is the culmination of over forty years of scholarship from a renowned expert on one of the world's great faiths.
Author: Vasudha Narayanan
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
Describes the origins, principal teachings, scriptures, important figures, historical events, and holidays of Hinduism.
Author: James B. Robinson
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Presents a study of Hinduism that examines the history and foundations of this religion, worship practices, cultural expression, holidays, what it is like to grow up Hindu, and the religion's place in the world today.
Author: Sitansu S. Chakravarti
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
This is a book on Hinduism designed to explain many South Asian practices, some not confined to Hindus only, that have very often been misunderstood in North America. The book contains essential information on standard Hindu sacraments and rituals, on dress codes, customs and festivals, on worship practices and sacred images. It provides a sampler of prayers, points for reflection and liturgical formulae. It notes peculiarities of emigre Hindu experience in the United States and Canada and incorporates insights from the author`s experience as a Hindu chaplain. The book has been written in response to requests for information from hospitals, ethnic squads in police forces, schools and boards of education, chaplains, social workers, and Hindus themselves. It will be helpful to students as well.
Author: Axel Michaels, Barbara Harshav
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Hinduism is currently followed by one-fifth of humankind. Far from a monolithic theistic tradition, the religion comprises thousands of gods, a complex caste system, and hundreds of languages and dialects. Such internal plurality inspires vastly ranging rites and practices amongst Hinduism's hundreds of millions of adherents. It is therefore not surprising that scholars have been hesitant to define universal Hindu beliefs and practices. In this book, Axel Michaels breaks this trend. He examines the traditions, beliefs, and rituals Hindus hold in common through the lens of what he deems its "identificatory habitus," a cohesive force that binds Hindu religions together and fortifies them against foreign influences. Thus, in his analysis, Michaels not only locates Hinduism's profoundly differentiating qualities, but also provides the framework for an analysis of its social and religious coherence. Michaels blends his insightful arguments and probing questions with introductions to major historical epochs, ample textual sources as well as detailed analyses of major life-cycle rituals, the caste system, forms of spiritualism, devotionalism, ritualism, and heroism. Along the way he points out that Hinduism has endured and repeatedly resisted the missionary zeal and universalist claims of Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists. He also contrasts traditional Hinduism with the religions of the West, "where the self is preferred to the not-self, and where freedom in the world is more important than liberation from the world." Engaging and accessible, this book will appeal to laypersons and scholars alike as the most comprehensive introduction to Hinduism yet published. Not only is Hinduism refreshingly new in its methodological approach, but it also presents a broad range of meticulous scholarship in a clear, readable style, integrating Indology, religious studies, philosophy, anthropological theory and fieldwork, and sweeping analyses of Hindu texts.
Author: Das Rasamandala
Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing LLLP
Describes the origins, principal teachings, scriptures, important figures, historical events, holidays, places of worship, and community life of Hinduism.
Author: Katy Gerner
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Examines the Hindu religion, including its major beliefs, scriptures, worship practices, and festivals.
Author: Serinity Young
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Provides an introduction to Hinduism, covering its history, literature, gods and goddesses, doctrines, rites, and the current status of Hinduism in the United States.
Author: Cath Senker
Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc
Introduces the major symbols of Hinduism and what they mean; discusses the Hindu gods, worship, rites of passage, and religious festivals; and shares folktales, recipes, and crafts from the Hindu tradition.
Author: Mariasusai Dhavamony
Publisher: Gregorian Biblical BookShop
After a brief introduction on the idea of culture, enculturation and acculturation in social anthropology, a theology of culture, symbol and language is treated in order to lead to the central subject-matter of the Christian theology of inculturation, which is articulated in themes such as revelation and culture, redemptive incarnation as an exemplary model of inculturation, Lay people and inculturation, missionary spirituality and inculturation. The final chapters deal with inculturation in the Indian Church, the meeting of the Gospel with Asian religions, cultures and aspirations for full humanity, and Asian Christian theology.
Author: Lynne Gibson
Produced specifically to answer QCA concerns over attainment and assessment in RE at Key Stage 3, Modern World Religions is a series that balances learning about religions with learning from religions. It comprises differentiated Student Books, Teacher's Resource Packs and CD-ROMs, on the six major world faiths.
Author: Madhu Bazaz Wangu
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Discusses the history, beliefs, and traditions of Hinduism, dispelling misconceptions and providing understanding of the interconnection of religion and politics in India, the problems facing Hindu communities around the world and American movements in Hinduism.