An Introduction to Hinduism

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 13, 1996 - Religion - 341 pages
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This book provides a much-needed thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism, the religion of the majority of people in India. Dr Flood traces the development of Hindu traditions from their ancient origins, through the major deities of Visnu, Siva and the Goddess, to the modern world. Hinduism is discussed as both a global religion and a form of nationalism. Emphasis is given to the tantric traditions, which have been so influential; to Hindu ritual, which is more fundamental to the life of the religion than are specific beliefs or doctrines; and to Dravidian influences from south India. An Introduction to Hinduism examines the ideas of dharma, particularly in relation to the ideology of kingship, caste and world renunciation. Dr Flood also introduces some debates within contemporary scholarship about the nature of Hinduism. It is suitable both for the student and for the general reader.
  

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Review: An Introduction to Hinduism (Introduction to Religion)

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This is an okay introduction to Indian religious traditions ("Hinduism"). I felt that the philosophical and creedal matters were well explained. However, topics seemed to be scattered throughout the ... Read full review

Review: An Introduction to Hinduism (Introduction to Religion)

User Review  - Imran - Goodreads

In attempts to figure out my research interests for graduate school I took on this book upon the recommendation of a friend. Nonetheless, it was incredibly insightful with a few chapters needing to be ... Read full review

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Contents

Points of departure
5
Ancient origins
23
Dharma
51
Yoga and renunciation
75
Narrative traditions and early Vaisnavism
103
The love of Visnu
128
Saiva and tantric religion
148
The Goddess and Sakta traditions
174
Hindu ritual
198
Hindu theology and philosophy
224
Hinduism and the modern world
250
Notes
274
Bibliography
305
Index
329
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