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The illustrated encyclopedia of Hinduism : a comprehensive guide to Hindu history and philosophy, its traditions and practices, rituals and beliefs, with more than 470 magnificent photographs

Author: Rasamandala Das.
Publisher: London : Lorenz, ©2012.
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This illustrated book explores the rich historical and cultural development of Hinduism's diverse traditions, from its distant Indian roots to its vibrant application in the present global context.
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Genre/Form: Encyclopedias
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rasamandala Das.
ISBN: 9780754820567 0754820564
OCLC Number: 573219231
Description: 256 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 30 cm
Contents: [0.] Introduction --
Origins of Hinduism --
Sacred practices --
Acting in the world --
Timeline --
Part 1. Foundations and origins --
1. Hindu history --
Traditional views on ancient history --
Aryan invasion theory --
The north classical age --
Kings and poets of the south --
Who founded Hinduism? --
Islam gains ground in India --
The Mughal empire --
British rule and Hindu reform --
Migration to the colonies --
Indian partition and independence --
A global Hinduism --
2. Holy texts --
Philosophy and theology --
Vaisheshika and Nyaya --
Sankhya and yoga --
Mimamsa and Vedanta --
The main sacred texts --
The Vedas and Upanishads --
South Indian literary traditions --
The Ramayana --
The Mahabharata --
The Bhagavad-gita : song of god --
The Puranas and other texts --
3. Hindu teachings --
The eternal self --
The cycle of birth and death --
The law of karma --
Matter --
Moksha : liberation from birth and death --
Three aspects of god --
God with and without form --
Sources of authority --
Sanatana dharma --
Varnashrama dharma --
One goal, different paths --
Time and space --
Hindu values --
Part 2. Spiritual practices --
4. Linking to the divine --
The path of action --
The path of knowledge --
The path of meditation --
The path of devotion --
Tantra --
Focuses of worship --
Types of worship --
Puja and Arati --
Meditative practices --
Places of worship --
5. Hindu deities --
The Trimurti and their consorts --
Brahma and Sarasvati --
Vishnu and Lakshmi --
Avataras : incarnations --
Rama, Sita and Hanuman --
Krishna and Radha --
Shiva and Shakti --
Forms of Shiva and Shakti --
Ganesha and Skanda --
Worship in the Vedic period --
Other deities --
6. Sacred places --
Pilgrimage and holy sites --
North Indian temples --
South Indian temples --
Sacred hills and mountains --
Holy rivers, lakes and oceans --
7. Special occasions --
Hindu festivals --
The Hindu calendar --
Spring and nature festivals --
Celebrating family relationships --
God's appearance --
Remembering saints --
The journey of life : rites of passage --
The Hindu wedding --
Death and funeral rites --
Part 3. Living in this world --
8. Hindu society --
Varnashrama and caste --
Social tensions --
Family life --
Children and education --
Renounced life --
Ancient and modern lifestyles --
9. Hindu culture and the arts --
Sanskrit and scholarship --
Dance, drama and music --
Art and symbols --
Hindu sciences --
Sculpture and architecture --
Dress and cosmetics --
Food and hospitality --
Modern expressions of Hindu culture --
10. Hindu movements and leaders --
The main traditions --
Vaishnavism --
Shaivism --
Shaktism --
The Smarta tradition --
Important scholars --
The Bhakti saints --
Attempts to reform Hinduism --
Socio-political movements --
Recent saints and spiritual figures --
11. Hinduism in the modern age --
Hinduism comes west --
Global organizations --
Modern yoga and meditation groups --
Women and Hinduism --
Moral issues --
Science and the environment --
Conflict, violence and discrimination --
The future of Hinduism.
Other Titles: Hinduism
Responsibility: Rasmandala Das.

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