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 ancient origins and the major deities to the modern world. Hinduism as both a global religion and a form of nationalism are discussed. Emphasis is given to the tantric traditions, which have been so influential; to Hindu ritual, more fundamental than belief or doctrine; and to Dravidian influences. It introduces some debates within contemporary scholarship.
 

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this book should be abolished from internet. It hearts to Indian as well as Hinduism.

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This book has a lot of misconceptions, wrong dates, and biases which lead to an incorrect comprehensive of Hinduismm

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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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