Hinduism: Past and Present
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.
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Epochs of Religious History
Epochs of the Literatures of the Hindu Religions
Hindu Sanskrit Literature
PoetSaints Sect Founders and Sects
Stages of Life and Rites of Passage
Hindu Rites of Passage
ab Ganesa in a quarter of Kathmandu Ganesa as a neighborhood guard ksetrapald in Benares
Wild and Mild Goddesses
Elements of Religiosity
Enlivening of a statue in Benares
The Five Components of Rituals
The BrahmanicSanskritic Morning Ritual samdhya
Morning ritual with sun and Ganges prayer at Dasasvamedhaghat Benares
Course of a Hindu Initiation
Class Distinctions in Initiation according to the Dharmasastras
ac Initiation of Sunil Kalikote in Kathmandu Nepal
The Traditional Brahman Stages of Life and Goals of Life
The Eight Classical Forms of Marriage
Course of a Hindu Wedding
a Wedding of Ishwor Joshi and Sahan sila Maskey in Bhaktapur Nepal
b Mock wedding Hi in Bhaktapur Nepal
Course of a Hindu Death Ritual
Dogs warm themselves in the ashes of a pyre in the Pasupatinatha Temple in Deopatan Nepal
Ancestor ritual sraddha in Benares
The Path to the Ancestors
Processes of Deification
The Gate of the WidowBurnings satidvara in Deopatan Nepal
The Social System
Members of a clan of Jyapu farmers greet their divinity represented by a stone in the field near Bhaktapur Nepal
Panda priest in Benares
Nepalese Classification of Food into Hot and Cold
Temple feeding in the SvamlNarayana Temple of Ahmedabad
Religious and Social Hierarchy
Relationship of purity to impurity according to Dumont
The Brahmanic pilgrim priest S Vyas in Benares
Relationship of Ascetic and Brahman priest according to Dumont
Rice harvest in Bhaktapur Nepal
The Vedic Pantheon
Frequently Worshiped Deities of the EpicPuranic Pantheon
Trends of Saivism Tantrism and Saktism
Puja in Deopotan Nepal
The Sixteen Proofs of Respect upacard of a Piija
Fire sacrifice homa during an initiation in Kathmandu
Devotionalism and Theistic Traditions
Vaisnava Krsnaite and Ramaite Traditions
The Saints PoetSaints and Founders of Sects
Rim Krsna Das an ascetic devoted to the god Rama
Spiritualism and Mysticism
The Unfolding of Matter according to the Samkhyakarika
The Eight Stages of Yoga
Heroism and Kingship
Religious Ideas of Space and Time
The Seven Worlds
Religious Categories of Space in the Veda
Scientific and Religious Conceptions of Space
Religious Awareness of Time
The Yuga Calculation of Time
Seasons and Months
Frequently Celebrated Festivals Selection
Immortality in Life
Groups and Sects of Ascetics
The Salvation of Identifications
Variants of Identifications
Worship of a girl as a goddess Kumaripuja in Kathmandu
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