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An introduction to Hinduism

Author: Gavin D Flood
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book provides a much-needed thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism, the religion of the majority of people in India. Beginning with the question 'What is Hinduism?', Dr Flood traces the development of Hindu traditions from their ancient origins, through the major deities of Visnu, Siva and the Goddess, to the modern world. Hinduism as both a global religion and a form of nationalism is discussed.  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gavin D Flood
ISBN: 0521433045 9780521433044 0521438780 9780521438780
OCLC Number: 123287543
Description: xviii, 341 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Points of departure --
Ancient origins --
Dharma --
Yoga and renunciation --
Narrative traditions and early Vais̥n̥avism --
The love of Vis̥n̥u --
Śaiva and tantric religion --
The Goddess and Śākta traditions --
Hindu ritual --
Hindu theology and philosophy --
Hinduism and the modern world.
Responsibility: Gavin Flood.
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