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On Hinduism

Author: Wendy Doniger
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2014] ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this magisterial volume of essays, Wendy Doniger enhances our understanding of the ancient and complex religion to which she has devoted herself for half a century. This series of interconnected essays and lectures surveys the most critically important and hotly contested issues in Hinduism over 3,500 years, from the ancient time of the Vedas to the present day. The essays contemplate the nature of Hinduism;  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Named Person: Wendy Doniger
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wendy Doniger
ISBN: 9780199360079 0199360073 9780190455101 0190455101
OCLC Number: 858660095
Description: xx, 660 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: On being Hindu : Hinduism by any other name ; Are Hindus monotheists or polytheists? ; Three (or more) forms of the three (or more)-fold path in Hinduism ; The concept of heresy in Hinduism ; Eating karma ; Medical and mythical constructions of the body in Sanskrit texts ; Death and rebirth in Hinduism ; Forgetting and re-awakening to incarnation ; Assume the position: the fight over the body of yoga ; The toleration of intolerance in Hinduism ; The politics of Hinduism tomorrow --
Gods, humans, and anti-gods : Saguna and Nirguna images of the deity ; You can't get here from there: the logical paradox of Hindu creation myths ; Together apart: changing ethical implications of Hindu cosmologies ; God's body, or, the lingam made flesh: conflicts over the representation of Shiva ; Sacrifice and substitution: ritual mystification and mythical demystification in Hinduism ; The scrapbook of undeserved salvation : the Kedara Khanda of the Skanda Purana --
Women and other genders : Why should a Brahmin tell you whom to marry?: A deconstruction of the Laws of Manu ; Saranyu/Samjna: the sun and the shadow ; The clever wife in Indian mythology ; Rings of rejection and recognition in ancient India ; The third nature: gender inversions in the Kamasutra ; Bisexuality and transsexuality among the Hindu gods ; Transsexual transformations of subjectivity and memory in Hindu mythology --
Kama and other seductions : The control of addiction in ancient India ; Reading the Kamasutra: it isn't all about sex ; The mythology of the Kamasutra ; From kama to karma : the resurgence of Puritanism in contemporary India --
Horses and other animals : The ambivalence of ahimsa ; Zoomorphism in ancient India: humans more bestial than the beasts ; The mythology of horses in India ; The submarine mare in the mythology of Shiva ; Indra as the stallion's wife ; Dogs as dalits in Indian literature ; Sacred cows and beefeaters --
Illusion and reality in the Hindu epics : Impermanence and eternity in Hindu epic, art and performance ; Shadows of the Ramayana ; Women in the Mahabharata ; The history of Ekalavya --
On not being Hindu : 'I have scinde': Orientalism and guilt ; Doniger O'Flaherty on Doniger ; You can't make an omelette ; The forest-dweller --
Appendix I. Limericks on Hinduism --
Appendix II. Essays on Hinduism by Wendy Doniger.
Other Titles: Essays.
Responsibility: Wendy Doniger.

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On Hinduism is a penetrating analysis of many of the most crucial and contested issues in Hinduism, from the Vedas to the present day. In a series of 63 connected essays, it discusses Hindu concepts  Read more...

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