Contemporary Hinduism: Ritual, Culture, and Practice

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Robin Rinehart
ABC-CLIO, 2004 - Reference - 448 pages
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An examination of the contemporary practices, beliefs, and issues of one of the world's oldest and most enduring religions, both within its Indian homeland and throughout the world.

* Ten essays explore the history, modern practice, and contemporary issues of Hinduism

* Maps including ancient and contemporary India and the Hindu diaspora, as well as illustrations within individual essays

* The book includes a glossary of terms and a guide to pronouncing words from Indian languages

* A comprehensive introductory essay provides a basic historical overview and addresses the development of the definition and study of Hinduism

 

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Contents

Chapter One Introduction
1
Chapter Two Hearing and Remembering
67
Chapter Three Hindu Devotion
99
Chapter Four The Hindu Ritual Calendar
123
Chapter Five Hindu Ethics
155
Chapter Six Contemporary Hindu Thought
179
Chapter Seven Gurus and Groups
213
Chapter Eight Caste in Contemporary India
243
Chapter Ten Hinduism in Independent India
309
Chapter Eleven The Environment and Environmental Movements in Hinduism
341
Chapter Twelve Global Hinduism
381
List of Contributors
415
Glossary and Pronunciation Guide
417
Index
427
About the Editor
449
Copyright

Chapter Nine Voices of Dissent
273

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About the author (2004)

Robin Rinehart is associate professor of religion at Lafayette College, Easton, PA.

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