RT Web Page DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 656451653 LA English UL http://site.ebrary.com/id/10411890 T1 Understanding Hinduism A1 Whaling, Frank,, PB Dunedin PP Edinburgh YR 2010 SN 1903765366 9781903765364 9781906716608 1906716609 AB "The Hindu tradition can claim to be the world's oldest religion. It has evolved in India over the past three thousand years. It differs from monotheistic beliefs, such as Christianity, in that there is no identifiable founder, specific theological system, or single system of morality. Frank Whaling provides an overview of the history and development of the Hindu tradition. He takes account of recent scholarship and regards Hinduism as a world-view as well as a religious tradition. The book covers the core areas of Hindu religious organisation, rituals, ethics, social involvement and sacred texts as well as key concepts, aesthetics and spirituality. It illustrates these topics by personal example as well as by informed analysis. While more stress is placed upon the modern situation including the neo-Hindu and Hindutva movements, the Hindu past is not ignored. Village Hinduism as well as sophisticated and 'high' Hinduism is addressed as well as the Hindu presence in Britain and the wider world."--P.  of cover.