Hinduism For Dummies

Hinduism For Dummies
Author: Amrutur V. Srinivasan
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2011-06-15
ISBN 10: 1118110773
ISBN 13: 9781118110775
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hinduism For Dummies Book Review:

Your hands-on guide to one of the world's major religions The dominant religion of India, "Hinduism" refers to a widevariety of religious traditions and philosophies that havedeveloped over thousands of years. Today, the United States is hometo approximately one million Hindus. If you've heard of this ancient religion and are looking for areference that explains the intricacies of the customs, practices,and teachings of this ancient spiritual system, Hinduism ForDummies is for you! Provides a thorough introduction to this earliest and popularworld belief system Information on the rites, rituals, deities, and teachingsassociated with the practice of Hinduism Explores the history and teachings of the Vedas, Brahmans, andUpanishads Offers insight into the modern daily practice of Hinduismaround the world Continuing the Dummies tradition of making the world's religionsengaging and accessible to everyone, Hinduism For Dummies isyour hands-on, friendly guide to this fascinating religion.

Contemporary Hinduism

Contemporary Hinduism
Author: P. Pratap Kumar
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2014-09-11
ISBN 10: 1317546369
ISBN 13: 9781317546368
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Contemporary Hinduism Book Review:

Most overviews of Hindu belief and practice follow a history from the ancient Vedas to today. Such approaches privilege Brahmanical traditions and create a sense of Hinduism as a homogenous system and culture, and one which is largely unchanging and based solely on sacred texts. In reality, modern Hindu faith and culture present an extraordinary range of dynamic beliefs and practices. 'Contemporary Hinduism' aims to capture the full breadth of the Hindu worldview as practised today, both in the sub-continent and the diaspora. Global and regional faith, ritualised and everyday practice, Brahmanical and non-Brahmanical belief, and ascetic and devotional traditions are all discussed. Throughout, the discussion is illustrated with detailed case material and images, whilst key terms are highlighted and explained in a glossary. 'Contemporary Hinduism' presents students with a lively and engaging survey of Hinduism, offering an introduction to the oldest and one of the most complex of world religions.

What is Hinduism

What is Hinduism
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 119
Release: 1994
ISBN 10: 9788123709277
ISBN 13: 8123709277
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What is Hinduism Book Review:

A selection of Gandhiji s articles drawn mainly from his contributions to young india, the Harijan and the Navjivan on Hinduism. Written on different occassions, these articles present a picture of hindu dharma I all its richness, comprehensiveness and sensitivity to the existential delimmas of human existence.

Hinduism

Hinduism
Author: Shyam Ranganathan
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2018-07-06
ISBN 10: 1317438752
ISBN 13: 9781317438755
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hinduism Book Review:

Hinduism: A Contemporary Philosophical Investigation explores Hinduism and the distinction between the secular and religious on a global scale. According to Ranganathan, a careful philosophical study of Hinduism reveals it as the microcosm of philosophical disagreements with Indian resources, across a variety of topics, including: ethics, logic, the philosophy of thought, epistemology, moral standing, metaphysics, and politics. This analysis offers an original and fresh diagnosis of studying Hinduism, colonialism, and a global rise of hyper-nationalism, as well as the frequent acrimony between scholars and practitioners of Hindu traditions. This text is appropriate for use in undergraduate and graduate courses on Hinduism, and Indian philosophy, and can be used as an advanced introduction to the problems of philosophy with South Asian resources.

Digital Hinduism

Digital Hinduism
Author: Xenia Zeiler
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2019-11-12
ISBN 10: 1351607324
ISBN 13: 9781351607322
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Digital Hinduism Book Review:

Digital Religion does not simply refer to religion as it is carried out online, but more broadly studies how digital media interrelate with religious practice and belief. This collection explores Digital Hinduism and consequentially studies how Hinduism is expressed in the digital sphere and how Hindus utilise digital media. Highlighting digital Hinduism and including case studies with foci on India, Asia and the global Hindu diaspora, this book features contributions from an interdisciplinary and international panel of academics. The chapters focus on specific case studies, which in summary exemplify the wide variety and diversity of what constitutes Digital Hinduism today. Applying methods and research questions from various disciplinary backgrounds appropriate to the study of religion and digital culture, such as Religious Studies, South Asian Studies, Anthropology and Media and Communication Studies, this book is vital reading for any scholar interested in the relationship between religion and the digital world.

Hinduism Ritual Reason and Beyond

Hinduism   Ritual  Reason and Beyond
Author: Ashok Mishra
Publsiher: StoryMirror Infotech Pvt Ltd
Total Pages: 540
Release: 2019-08-03
ISBN 10: 9388698134
ISBN 13: 9789388698139
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hinduism Ritual Reason and Beyond Book Review:

The book is journey through 5000 years of evolution of Hinduism, and is outcome of seven years of study to understand the roots of Hinduism. Tracing the genesis of Hinduism to pre-Indus Valley period, the book explains Hindu, Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma, before it takes one through Hinduism’s oldest scriptures - the four Vedas, the four components of each Veda, and what they contain. How all original translations of Vedic texts were done by Western Sanskrit scholars, and why their works have left scope for doubt about the fidelity of translations. The yajnas (yagya) like Ashvamedha, Rajsooya, Vajpeya, etc., about which we only hear on TV serials and talk shows, have been demystified. The reader will be taken aback reading the sheer size and scale of Soma yajna, described step by step, in great detail. Hinduism’s journey to the Age of Reason, the Upanishads, its encounter with Buddhism, and its transformation into idol worshipping society with many gods and a multitude of stories about its millions of gods is lucidly explained. Puranas, what they contain and what was the reason they were created, has been described and explained next. Hinduism's journey to its modern form - idol worship, the modern puja, detailed description of puja and Sanskaras like Vivaha, their detailed description, the meaning of each action and how they are conducted, the gift to the priest, types of idols, their consecration, all are explained to help a reader understand the why and the how of what we do as a Hindu. The book concludes with a discussion of - Do mantras have power? & Do rituals have meaning?

The Everything Hinduism Book

The Everything Hinduism Book
Author: Kenneth Schouler,Susai Anthony
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-01-17
ISBN 10: 1605507504
ISBN 13: 9781605507507
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Everything Hinduism Book Book Review:

Yoga. Karma. Reincarnation. Most Americans are familiar with a few basic ideas of Hinduism, but are unfamiliar with the big picture. This beginner’s guide covers the major Hindu thinkers and their philosophies as well as the dharma, the moral way of life that Hindus practice. In a straightforward style, the authors explain the philosophy, gods, texts, and traditions of the world’s third-largest religion, including: the power of karma; Yoga as a path to God; the authority of the Vedas; the development of Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism; the legacy of Mohandas Gandhi; Hinduism in popular culture; and more. This guide is stimulating reading for westerners who want to learn the basics of this ancient and mystic religion.

Source Book Modern Hinduism

Source Book Modern Hinduism
Author: Glyn Richards
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2013-02-01
ISBN 10: 113609914X
ISBN 13: 9781136099144
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Source Book Modern Hinduism Book Review:

Published in the year 2004, Source Book Modern Hinduism is a valuable contribution to the field of Asian Studies.

The Hindus

The Hindus
Author: Wendy Doniger
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 800
Release: 2010-09-30
ISBN 10: 0199593345
ISBN 13: 9780199593347
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Hindus Book Review:

An engrossing and definitive narrative account of history and myth that offers a new way of understanding one of the world's oldest major religions, The Hindus elucidates the relationship between recorded history and imaginary worlds. Hinduism does not lend itself easily to a strictly chronological account: many of its central texts cannot be reliably dated even within a century; its central tenets karma, dharma, to name just two arise at particular moments in Indian history and differ in each era, between genders, and caste to caste; and what is shared among Hindus is overwhelmingly outnumbered by the things that are unique to one group or another. Yet the greatness of Hinduism - its vitality, its earthiness, its vividness - lies precisely in many of those idiosyncratic qualities that continue to inspire debate today. Wendy Doniger is one of the foremost scholars of Hinduism in the world. With her inimitable insight and expertise Doniger illuminates those moments within the tradition that resist forces that would standardize or establish a canon. Without reversing or misrepresenting the historical hierarchies, she reveals how Sanskrit and vernacular sources are rich in knowledge of and compassion toward women and lower castes; how they debate tensions surrounding religion, violence, and tolerance; and how animals are the key to important shifts in attitudes toward different social classes. The Hindus brings a fascinating multiplicity of actors and stories to the stage to show how brilliant and creative thinkers - many of them far removed from Brahmin authors of Sanskrit texts - have kept Hinduism alive in ways that other scholars have not fully explored. In this unique and authoritative account, debates about Hindu traditions become platforms from which to consider the ironies, and overlooked epiphanies, of history.

Hindus

Hindus
Author: Julius Lipner
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 375
Release: 1998
ISBN 10: 0415051827
ISBN 13: 9780415051828
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hindus Book Review:

Hinduism has been a major religious faith for well over 3000 years, and Hindus today account for over 600 million people. Lipner's book is a highly readable study of its evolution, its multidimensional nature, and influence.

Hinduism a Religion to Live by

Hinduism  a Religion to Live by
Author: Nirad C. Chaudhuri
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 340
Release: 1979
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015046394378
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hinduism a Religion to Live by Book Review:

This book provides a description and interpretation of the religion of the Hindus, focusing on their religious psychology and behaviour. Rejecting familiar assumptions about early Hinduism, Nirad C. Chaudhuri makes a reassessment of its formative influences.

Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism

Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism
Author: Swami Achuthananda
Publsiher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 218
Release: 2013-07-02
ISBN 10: 1481825526
ISBN 13: 9781481825528
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Many Many Many Gods of Hinduism Book Review:

Religion is the opium of the people, said Karl Marx many centuries ago. For more than a billion people living in India and abroad, Hinduism is the religion and a way of life. In this multi-award winning book, Swami Achuthananda cracks open the opium poppy pods, analyzes the causes for euphoria, and comes away with a deeper understanding of the people and their religion. *** Winner 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (Religious Non-fiction) *** This is a comprehensive book on Hinduism. It tells you why Hindus do the things they do - and don't. Written in a casual style, the book guides you through the fundamentals of the religion. It then goes further and debunks a number of long-standing myths, some of them coming from the academia (of all places). While most books shy away from contentious issues, this book plunges headlong by taking on controversies, like the Aryan Invasion Theory, idol worship, RISA scholarship and many more. In fact one-third of the book is just on controversies that you rarely find in any other literature. Other Awards: *** Finalist - 2014 Pacific Book Awards (Religion) *** *** Bronze - 2014 IPPY Award - (Religion) ***

What Is Hinduism

What Is Hinduism
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Himalayan Academy Publications
Total Pages: 393
Release: 2007
ISBN 10: 1934145270
ISBN 13: 9781934145272
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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A Tribute to Hinduism

A Tribute to Hinduism
Author: Sushama Londhe
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 549
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UOM:39015081823851
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Tribute to Hinduism Book Review:

Since times immemorial, India has been synonymous with spiritual knowledge and people have been drawn to her sacred land. Some were philosophers, poets, writers, historians, scientists and travelers. Some came to India; others read translations about her rich and imaginative literature and felt genuine enthusiasm for her. The fourth Caliph in the 7th century is reported to have said: The land where books were first written and from where wisdom and knowledge sprang is India. Despite the wars and imperialism, ancient India s spiritual influence and wisdom has had considerable impact on the West, especially on its imagination, science, and literature: English Romantic poetry in particular, Scientists, scholars, poets, writers and philosophers all have paid the highest compliment to India s wonderful metaphysical, religious, artistic, linguistic, and cultural genius by imitating and incorporating some of these ideas and theories into their own work.

Hinduism

Hinduism
Author: Axel Michaels
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 429
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 0691089531
ISBN 13: 9780691089539
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Hinduism Book Review:

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.

Imagining Hinduism

Imagining Hinduism
Author: Sharada Sugirtharajah
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2004-02-24
ISBN 10: 1134517203
ISBN 13: 9781134517206
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Imagining Hinduism Book Review:

Imagining Hinduism examines how Hinduism has been defined, interpreted and manufactured through Western categorizations, from the foreign interventions of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Orientalists and missionaries, to the present day. Sugirtharajah argues that ever since early Orientalists 'discovered' the ancient Sanskrit texts and the Hindu 'golden age', the West has nurtured a complex and ambivalent fascination with Hinduism, ranging from romantic admiration to ridicule. At the same time, Hindu discourse has drawn upon Orientalist representations in order to redefine Hindu identity. As the first comprehensive work to bring postcolonial critique to the study of Hinduism, this is essential reading for those seeking a full understanding of Hinduism.

Hinduism in the Village Setting

Hinduism in the Village Setting
Author: Simon Weightman
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 82
Release: 1979
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: UVA:X000959215
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Studying Hinduism

Studying Hinduism
Author: Sushil Mittal,Gene Thursby
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2009-01-19
ISBN 10: 1134418299
ISBN 13: 9781134418299
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Studying Hinduism Book Review:

This book is an indispensable resource for students and researchers wishing to develop a deeper understanding of one of the world's oldest and most multifaceted religious traditions. Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, leading scholars in the field, have brought together a rich variety of perspectives which reflect the current lively state of the field. Studying Hinduism is the result of cooperative work by accomplished specialists in several fields that include anthropology, art, comparative literature, history, philosophy, religious studies, and sociology. Through these complementary and exciting approaches, students will gain a greater understanding of India's culture and traditions, to which Hinduism is integral. The book uses key critical terms and topics as points of entry into the subject, revealing that although Hinduism can be interpreted in sharply contrasting ways and set in widely varying contexts, it is endlessly fascinating and intriguing.

A History of Hinduism

A History of Hinduism
Author: R. Ramachandran (retd)
Publsiher: SAGE Publishing India
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2018-03-19
ISBN 10: 9352807006
ISBN 13: 9789352807000
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A History of Hinduism Book Review:

IS THE HISTORY OF HINDUISM, THE HISTORY OF BRAHMANAS FROM RIGVEDIC TIMES TO THE PRESENT? Or, does the story of Hinduism begin with the descriptions of the ancient roots as revealed by archaeological findings and the evidence from present day tribal, village and regional cultures? This book looks at both. The history of Brahmanas, tracing their lineage to the fifty-odd Rigvedic poets, is dealt with through the chronological ordering of the Sanskrit texts which were first handed down to us as oral narratives from Gurus to shishyas. The circumstances and purposes for which these texts were written is examined, along with events of a true historical nature. This is followed by a sequential treatment of Hinduism as a ‘Rigvedic religion’, the two Mimamsas, Buddhism, Jainism, Dharmasastras, the Epics and the Puranas. The growth of Hindu temples, the role of Adi Sankaracharya and the Bhakti movement is delved into, and the influences of Muslim and British rule of the subcontinent on Hinduism is analysed. The author explores one major reason for the survival of Hinduism—the support of prehistoric tribal and village cultures which were not modified or destroyed by the later-day Brahmanas. Much of tribal and village deities and practices were co-opted into concurrent Hinduism, so-much-so that today these cannot be separated from mainstream Hindu practices and traditions. They exist in all their colourful glory to this date and make Hinduism vibrant. It is these ancient folk religions that provide a stable foundation for the survival of Hinduism, argues author R Ramachandran, presenting in this book an all-encompassing landscape view of Hinduism as it has been for the last five thousand years. Finally, the present status of Hinduism is discussed along with its survival in the future.

Encyclopedia of Hinduism

Encyclopedia of Hinduism
Author: Denise Cush,Catherine Robinson,Michael York
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 1128
Release: 2012-08-21
ISBN 10: 1135189781
ISBN 13: 9781135189785
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Encyclopedia of Hinduism Book Review:

The Encyclopedia of Hinduism contains over 900 entries reflecting recent advances in scholarship which have raised new theoretical and methodological issues as well as identifying new areas of study which have not been addressed previously. The debate over the term 'Hinduism' in the light of post-Orientalist critiques is just one example of how once standard academic frameworks have been called into question. Entries range from 150-word definitions of terms and concepts to 5,000-word in-depth investigations of major topics. The Encyclopedia covers all aspects of Hinduism but departs from other works in including more ethnographic and contemporary material in contrast to an exclusively textual and historical approach. It includes a broad range of subject matter such as: historical developments (among them nineteenth and twentieth century reform and revival); geographical distribution (especially the diaspora); major and minor movements; philosophies and theologies; scriptures; deities; temples and sacred sites; pilgrimages; festivals; rites of passage; worship; religious arts (sculpture, architecture, music, dance, etc.); religious sciences (e.g. astrology); biographies of leading figures; local and regional traditions; caste and untouchability; feminism and women's religion; nationalism and the Hindu radical right; and new religious movements. The history of study and the role of important scholars past and present are also discussed. Accessibility to all levels of reader has been a priority and no previous knowledge is assumed. However, the in-depth larger entries and the design of the work in line with the latest scholarly advances means that the volume will be of considerable interest to specialists. The whole is cross-referenced and bibliographies attach to the larger entries. There is a full index.