Hinduism in India

What were the effects of British rule on the religion and what are the effects of continuing modernization? This book responds to all such debates surrounding Hinduism in the colonial and contemporary periods.

Hinduism in India

Author: Will Sweetman

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 9351502317

Page: 356

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A major contribution toward the ongoing debates on the nature and history of Hinduism in India Is Hinduism coherent, or should it be viewed as a conglomeration of many distinctive traditions? What were (or are) its most important and central teachings? When did the idea of “Hinduism” first arise and what have been the consequences? What were the effects of British rule on the religion and what are the effects of continuing modernization? This book responds to all such debates surrounding Hinduism in the colonial and contemporary periods. It emphasizes on Hinduism as it arose and developed in the subcontinent itself—an approach which facilitates greater attention to detail and an understanding of the specific context in which new movements and changes have taken place.

Hinduism in India

Introduction / Greg Bailey -- Hinduism Contextualized / Greg Bailey -- Rituals / Axel Michaels -- The Mahābhārata and Dharma / Adam Bowles -- Mythology / Greg Bailey -- Religious Pathways : Social and Ritual Activity (karman), Knowledge ...

Hinduism in India

Author: Greg Bailey

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 9351505731

Page: 248

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A major contribution toward the ongoing debates on the nature and history of Hinduism in India Hinduism in India: The Early Period covers the major thematic and historical aspects of Hinduism in ancient and medieval India, emphasising primarily on belief structures, rituals, theology, art, and myths. Although the book focuses on the period from 200 BCE to 1200 ACE, the chapters make several references to ideas and practices preceding and following this period. This is a reflection of the fact that the cultural entity named “Hinduism” has been in a process of constant change and evolution, and continues to demonstrate many recognizably ancient elements even today.

Swami Vivekananda Hinduism and India s Road to Modernity

This book reclaims Swami Vivekananda's stature as a pioneer of contemporary Hindu thought and nationalism.

Swami Vivekananda  Hinduism and India s Road to Modernity

Author: Makarand Paranjape

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9353570891

Page: 336

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Arguably, the greatest achievement of Swami Vivekananda, one of the most celebrated icons of modern India, was the reconstruction of Hinduism. This he accomplished by reforming the religion in India and changing its image in the West. Indeed, the Hinduism that Vivekananda expounded at the Parliament of World's Religions in Chicago was a new, progressive version of an ancient tradition, devoid of the superstitions and distortions with which it had come to be associated. He revolutionized Hindu faith traditions by turning them into a repository of rational, universal philosophy. This book tries to get to the heart of Swami Vivekananda's legacy and his relevance in the contemporary world. It examines hitherto lesser-known aspects of Swamiji's life and work including his contributions to practical Vedanta, universal religion, science-spirituality and inter-religious dialogue, dharmic secularism, educational philosophy, poetry, and, above all, to the problem of Indian modernity. Despite the abundance of literature available on him, Swami Vivekananda is still not understood adequately, remaining somewhat of an enigma. A fresh reading of the life and times of the Swami by someone who has studied him closely, Makarand R. Paranjape's detailed, thought-provoking account shows that in Vivekananda's visionary thoughts lay the seeds of the creation of a modern India. This book reclaims Swami Vivekananda's stature as a pioneer of contemporary Hindu thought and nationalism.

The Life of Hinduism

The text offers a glimpse into the multifaceted world of Hindu worship, life-cycle rites, festivals, performances, gurus, and castes.

The Life of Hinduism

Author: John Stratton Hawley

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520249143

Page: 324

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'The Life of Hinduism' collects a series of essays that present Hinduism as a vibrant, truly 'lived' religion. The text offers a glimpse into the multifaceted world of Hindu worship, life-cycle rites, festivals, performances, gurus, and castes.

Public Hinduisms

The essays in this volume are divided into themes that address different aspects of the processes that form modern Hinduism.

Public Hinduisms

Author: John Zavos

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 8132116968

Page: 536

View: 137

Public Hinduisms critically analyses the way in which Hinduism is produced and represented as an established feature of modern public landscapes. It examines the mediation, representation and construction of multiple forms of Hinduism in a variety of social and political contexts, and in the process establishes it as a dynamic and developing modern concept. The essays in this volume are divided into themes that address different aspects of the processes that form modern Hinduism. The book includes discussions on topics such as ecumenical initiatives, the contemporary interpretation of particular sampradaya and guru traditions, modes of community mobilisation and the mediation strategies of different groups. It also provides India and diaspora-focused case studies as well as 'Snapshot' views elaborating on different themes. Taking a critical approach to the idea of Hinduism and the way it becomes public, the book provides an interesting read on contemporary Hinduism.

Authority and Meaning in Indian Religions

Invaluable to a wide range of students of religious studies, South Asian studies and text and practice, this book will also be of interest to Indian communities in the diaspora seeking to understand their roots, including (but not ...

Authority and Meaning in Indian Religions

Author: Julia Leslie

Publisher: Gower Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754634317

Page: 241

View: 108

For Hindus and non-Hindus, in India and beyond, Valmiki is the poet-saint who composed the epic Ramayana. Yet for a vocal community of Dalits (ex-untouchables), Valmiki is God. How does one explain the popular story that Valmiki started out as an ignorant and violent bandit, attacking and killing travellers for material gain? And what happens when these two accounts, Valmiki as God and Valmiki as villain, are held simultaneously by two different religious groups, both contemporary, and both vocal?Exploring the relationship between sacred text and religious meaning, Leslie presents a critical study of the figure of Valmiki drawing on the sacred texts in Sanskrit traditionally attributed to Valmiki and exploring various popular stories. This ground-breaking analysis, illustrated with paintings of Valmiki, makes a unique contribution both to our understanding of the interlocking beliefs of many religious communities and to a greater awareness of the problematic relationship between sacred text and contemporary religious meaning. Invaluable to a wide range of students of religious studies, South Asian studies and text and practice, this book will also be of interest to Indian communities in the diaspora seeking to understand their roots, including (but not exclusively) the Valmikis.

The Myths and Gods of India

Our debt to Alain Danielou's scholarship and deep humanity is immeasurable." --James Kirkup, The Independent "The physical aspects of this book and its arrangements are beyond reproach.

The Myths and Gods of India

Author: Alain Daniélou

Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co

ISBN: 9780892813544

Page: 441

View: 105

Examines the significance of the most prominent Hindu deities and discusses the philosophy of polytheism and the representation and worship of the deities

Rethinking Religion in India

This book critically assesses recent debates about the colonial construction of Hinduism. Increasingly scholars have come to realise that the dominant understanding of Indian culture and its traditions is unsatisfactory.

Rethinking Religion in India

Author: Esther Bloch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135182795

Page: 208

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Critically assesses recent debates about the colonial construction of Hinduism. Written by experts in their field, the chapters present historical and empirical arguments as well as theoretical reflections on the topic, offering new insights into the nature of the construction of religion in India.

The True History and the Religion of India

ABOUT THE BOOK: The True History and the Religion of India, A concise Encyclopedia of Authentic Hinduism is one of the most comprehensive books on human civilization.

The True History and the Religion of India

Author: Prakashanand Saraswati

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120817890

Page: 800

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ABOUT THE BOOK: The True History and the Religion of India, A concise Encyclopedia of Authentic Hinduism is one of the most comprehensive books on human civilization. It is an authoritative view of the history of world thought. The book provides the

The European Encounter with Hinduism in India

In The European Encounter with Hinduism Jan Peter Schouten leads us through the fascinating history of this experience.

The European Encounter with Hinduism in India

Author: Jan Peter Schouten

Publisher: Brill / Rodopi

ISBN: 9789004420069

Page:

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From the thirteenth up to the nineteenth century European travellers encountered a foreign religion, Hinduism, and recorded their impressions in travel reports. In The European Encounter with Hinduism Jan Peter Schouten leads us through the fascinating history of this experience.

Militant Hinduism in Indian Politics

On the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, militant Hindu organization founded in 1925, by Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar.

Militant Hinduism in Indian Politics

Author: Jean Alonzo Curran

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 104

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On the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, militant Hindu organization founded in 1925, by Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar.

What is Hinduism

Further, the book charts out how Hindus can overcome the challenges confronting them today and communicate their diverse tradition more effectively, making it an ideal book for the Hindu youth.

What is Hinduism

Author: David Frawley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9388038657

Page: 274

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What Is Hinduism? provides one of the most provocative, engaging and detailed examinations of this oldest religious and spiritual tradition in the world. Followed by over a billion people, including a great majority in India, Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world. The teachings of Yoga and Vedanta are followed by millions in every continent. Enriched with a profound pluralistic view, Hinduism emphasizes that the Truth is One but has many paths. Yet, despite its universality, Hinduism remains the most misunderstood of the world's major religions, partly because of its antiquity and the vast extent of its teachings. Acknowledging the importance of the religion and its growing influence globally, David Frawley has addressed the prime teachings of Hinduism, its role in India, its place in the information age and has compiled an exhaustive set of questions and answers dwelling on all the significant issues. This essential learning helps us understand our spiritual heritage as a species and the place of India among the greatest civilizations of the world- ancient and modern. Further, the book charts out how Hindus can overcome the challenges confronting them today and communicate their diverse tradition more effectively, making it an ideal book for the Hindu youth.

Hinduism

This is a study of the evolution of Hinduism. It is shown that HInduism is actually a Heresy of the Early Indian Christianity established by St.Thomas who landed in India in AD 52 and had his mission till AD 72.

Hinduism

Author: M. M. Ninan

Publisher: Madathil Mammen Ninan

ISBN: 1440402159

Page: 278

View: 587

This is a study of the evolution of Hinduism. It is shown that HInduism is actually a Heresy of the Early Indian Christianity established by St.Thomas who landed in India in AD 52 and had his mission till AD 72. The later Persian Pallava Gnosticism reduced it to the present HIndu form.

Who Invented Hinduism

The essays cast a critical eye on scholarly Arguments which are based as much on current fashion or on conventional wisdom as on evidence available in historical documents.

Who Invented Hinduism

Author: David N. Lorenzen

Publisher: Yoda Press

ISBN: 9788190227261

Page: 284

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Who Invented Hinduism? presents ten masterly essays on the history of religious movements and ideologies in India by the eminent scholar of religious studies, David N. Lorenzen. Stretching from a discussion on the role of religion, skin colour and language in distinguishing between the Aryas and the Dasas, to a study of the ways in which contact between Hindus, on the one hand, and Muslims and Christians, on the other, changed the nature of the Hindu religion, the volume asks two principal questions: how did the religion of the Hindus affect the course of Indian history and what sort of an impact did the events of Indian history have on the Hindu religion. The essays cast a critical eye on scholarly Arguments which are based as much on current fashion or on conventional wisdom as on evidence available in historical documents. Taking issue with renowned scholars such as Louis Dumont, Romila Thapar, Thomas Trautmann and Dipesh Chakrabarty on some central conceptions of the religious history of India, Lorenzen establishes alternative positions on the same through a thorough and compelling look at a vast array of literary sources. Touching upon some controversial arguments, this well-timed and insightful volume draws attention to the unavoidably influential role of religion in the history of India, and in doing so, it creates a wider space for further discussion focusing on this central issue.

Hinduism

In this book, Axel Michaels 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 ...

Hinduism

Author: Axel Michaels

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691089522

Page: 429

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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. -- "Choice"

Religion Science and Empire

Religion, Science, and Empire will be a valuable resource to anyone interested in the colonial and postcolonial history of religion in India.

Religion  Science  and Empire

Author: Peter Gottschalk

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195393015

Page: 421

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Peter Gottschalk offers a compelling study of how, through the British implementation of scientific taxonomy in the subcontinent, Britons and Indians identified an inherent divide between mutually antagonistic religious communities. England's ascent to power coincided with the rise of empirical science as an authoritative way of knowing not only the natural world, but the human one as well. The British scientific passion for classification, combined with the Christian impulse to differentiate people according to religion, led to a designation of Indians as either Hindu or Muslim according to rigidly defined criteria that paralleled classification in botanical and zoological taxonomies. Through an historical and ethnographic study of the north Indian village of Chainpur, Gottschalk shows that the Britons' presumed categories did not necessarily reflect the Indians' concepts of their own identities, though many Indians came to embrace this scientism and gradually accepted the categories the British instituted through projects like the Census of India, the Archaeological Survey of India, and the India Museum. Today's propogators of Hindu-Muslim violence often cite scientistic formulations of difference that descend directly from the categories introduced by imperial Britain. Religion, Science, and Empire will be a valuable resource to anyone interested in the colonial and postcolonial history of religion in India.

Hinduism and Tribal Religions

The volume also covers Hinduism’s close association with Tribal Religions, sometimes called Primal Religions. As its second main theme, the volume examines the phenomenon of Hinduism in the diaspora.

Hinduism and Tribal Religions

Author: Pankaj Jain

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789402411874

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This volume offers an overview of Hinduism as found in India and the diaspora. Exploring Hinduism in India in dynamic interaction, rather than in isolation, the volume discusses the relation of Hinduism with other religions of Indian origin and with religions which did not originate in India but have been a major feature of its religious landscape. These latter religions include Islam and Christianity and, to a lesser extent, Zoroastrianism and Judaism. The volume also covers Hinduism’s close association with Tribal Religions, sometimes called Primal Religions. As its second main theme, the volume examines the phenomenon of Hinduism in the diaspora. The Indian diaspora is now beginning to make its presence felt, both in India and abroad. In India, the Indian government annually hosts a diaspora event called Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD), in recognition of the growing importance of the twenty-million-strong diaspora. Although not all Indians are Hindus, most are, both in India and abroad, and a strong sense of Hindu identity is emerging among diasporic Hindus. This volume fills the need felt by Hindus both in India and the diaspora for more knowledge about modern-day Hinduism, Hindu history and traditions. It takes into account three main aspects of Hinduism: that the active pan-Indian and diasporic language of the Hindus is English; that modern Hindus need a rational rather than a devotional or traditional exposition of the religion; and that they need information about and arguments to address the stereotypes which characterize the presentation of Hinduism in academia and the media, especially in the West.

The Emergence of Hindu Nationalism in India

This volume examines a key stage in the development of Hindu nationalism as a political ideology.

The Emergence of Hindu Nationalism in India

Author: John Zavos

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN:

Page: 245

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This volume examines a key stage in the development of Hindu nationalism as a political ideology. It focuses on various movements during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century which sought to mobilize Hindus by advocating specific ideas of what it meant to be Hindu. It situates the ideology in the broad context of colonial rule, particularly with respect to the roots of Indian nationalism and the impact of colonialism on religion and caste. Much of the current literature on Hindu nationalism begins with the 1920s, and this book provides essential background material.

Contemporary Hinduism

Looks at the history, rituals, customs, social aspects, and other issues surrounding Hinduism.

Contemporary Hinduism

Author: Robin Rinehart

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 1576079058

Page: 448

View: 471

Looks at the history, rituals, customs, social aspects, and other issues surrounding Hinduism.