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.

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

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

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

View: 387

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 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.

The Camphor Flame

The book's new afterword brings the study up-to-date by examining the relationship between popular Hinduism and contemporary Hindu nationalism.

The Camphor Flame

Author: Christopher John Fuller

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691120485

Page: 343

View: 779

Popular Hinduism is shaped, above all, by worship of a multitude of powerful divine beings--a superabundance indicated by the proverbial total of 330 million gods and goddesses. The fluid relationship between these beings and humans is a central theme of this rich and accessible study of popular Hinduism in the context of the society of contemporary India. Lucidly organized and skillfully written, The Camphor Flame brings clarity to an immensely complicated subject. C. J. Fuller combines ethnographic case studies with comparative anthropological analysis and draws on textual and historical scholarship as well. The book's new afterword brings the study up-to-date by examining the relationship between popular Hinduism and contemporary Hindu nationalism.

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

View: 934

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 Hindu Diaspora

This book provides a rich and fascinating view of the Hindu diaspora in the past, present and its possible futures.

The Hindu Diaspora

Author: Steven Vertovec

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136367055

Page: 208

View: 662

Hinduism outside the Indian subcontinent represents a contrasting and scattered community. From Britain to the Caribbean, diasporic Hindus have substantially reformed their beliefs and practices in accordance with their historical and social circumstances. In this theoretically innovative analysis Steven Vertovec examines: * the historical construction of the category 'Hinduism in India' * the formation of a distinctive Caribbean Hindu culture during the nineteenth century * the role of youth groups in forging new identities during Trinidad's Hindu Renaissance * the reproduction of regionally based identities and frictions in Britain's Hindu communities * the differences in temple use across the diaspora. This book provides a rich and fascinating view of the Hindu diaspora in the past, present and its possible futures.

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: 958

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.

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: 871

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

The Hindu Nationalist Movement in India

Using techniques similar to those of nationalist groups in other nations, Jaffrelot contends, the Hindu movement polarizes Indian society by stigmatizing minorities - chiefly Muslims and Christians - and by promoting a sectarian Hindu ...

The Hindu Nationalist Movement in India

Author: Christophe Jaffrelot

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231103350

Page: 592

View: 974

Using techniques similar to those of nationalist groups in other nations, Jaffrelot contends, the Hindu movement polarizes Indian society by stigmatizing minorities - chiefly Muslims and Christians - and by promoting a sectarian Hindu identity.

Hindu India

This Work Take Us From The Rock-Cut Temples Of The Dawn Of The First Millenium To The Colossal Temples Of The 17Th Century.

Hindu India

Author: Henri Stierlin

Publisher: Taschen America Llc

ISBN:

Page: 237

View: 504

This Work Take Us From The Rock-Cut Temples Of The Dawn Of The First Millenium To The Colossal Temples Of The 17Th Century. It Testifies To The Extraordinary Diversity Of Hindu Architecture From The Himalyan Foothills To The Southernmost Tip Of The Sub-Continent.

The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism

With an especially helpful bibliography, numerous illustrations of Hindu art never before published, and a lucid, accessible style, this book is must reading for anyone who has ever been intrigued by this fascinating religion.

The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism

Author: Arthur Llewellyn Basham

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195073492

Page: 159

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The late A.L. Basham was one of the world's foremost authorities on ancient Indian culture and religion. Modeled on his monumental work The Wonder That Was India, this account of the origins and development of classical Hinduism represents a lifetime of reflection on the subject, and offers an intriguing introduction to one of the richest of all Asian traditions. Synthesizing Basham's great knowledge of the art, architecture, literature, and religion of South Asia, this concise history traces the spiritual life of India from the time of the Indus Culture (around 2700 B.C.E) through the crystallization of classical Hinduism in the first centuries of the common era. It chronicles as well the rise of other mystical and ascetic traditions, such as Buddhism and Jainism, and follows Hinduism's later incarnations in the West, making it an especially comprehensive introduction to the subject. Unlike Christianity or Islam, Hinduism was not inspired by single great prophet but rather evolved organically. The wide range of influences and sources--along with the great number of sacred texts in ancient languages--can make the Hindu system of faith and practice seem almost impenetrable to the uninitiated. With its vivid presentation of Hinduism's sources--from the warrior Aryans to the wandering ascetics--and its clearly written explanations and analyses of the major Hindu texts--among them the Rg-veda, the Brahmanas, Upanishads, and the Mahabharata and Ramayana--The Origins of Classical Hinduism clarifies much of Hinduism's enduring mystique. With an especially helpful bibliography, numerous illustrations of Hindu art never before published, and a lucid, accessible style, this book is must reading for anyone who has ever been intrigued by this fascinating religion.

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.

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: 849

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.

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.