Contemporary Hinduism: Ritual, Culture, and Practice

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Robin Rinehart
ABC-CLIO, Jan 1, 2004 - Reference - 448 pages
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"Contemporary Hinduism: Ritual, Culture, and Practice" illuminates the modern-day ritual, range, and reach of this ancient and diverse religion. A brief historical overview is followed by discussions of the oral and written origins of Hinduism that give context for the main emphasis--contemporary thought, practice, and key issues. Unique to this work is the consistent attention given to the practice of Hinduism for both men and women.

What roles do caste and gender play in modern Hinduism? How are issues like ethics and the environment approached? What are the differences between urban and rural Hinduism, fundamental and secular Hinduism? To what countries has this religion spread, and how do the beliefs and practices of their people compare and contrast? Essays written by Indian and Western scholars answer these and other intriguing questions, introducing readers to the whole world of "living Hinduism" rather than the perspectives and traditions of a small elite.

 

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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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