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Understanding Hinduism.

Author: Frank Whaling
Publisher: Edinburgh : Dunedin Academic Press Ltd, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Whaling
ISBN: 1903765366 9781903765364 9781906716608 1906716609
OCLC Number: 952736483
Notes: Futher ReadingIndex; Copyright.
Description: 1 online resource (384 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Contents; Preface; Timeline of Important Events; Map of principal Hindu holy sites of India; The Meaning of Hinduism; What is a Hindu?; A Model of the Hindu Tradition; Hindu History; Phenomenology; Personal Stories; 1 Introduction; Early Hindu History: Prehistory to 1500 BCE; The Veda Tradition; A New World-view: the Upanishads; Social Developments and Archaeology; The Wider Religious Context; A Period of Definition: 500-200 BCE; The Clasical Hindu Tradition: 200 BCE --
1100 CE; The Gupta Empire (320-650 CE); The Caste System; Further Development and Expansion; Shankara. The Advent of Islam (c.1100- 1800)British Overlordship (c.1770-1947); Reform and Nationalism; Secular Hinduism; Revival of the Veda and the Bhagavad Gītā; Post Independence and the Rise of Hindu Militancy; Diaspora; Post-war Hindu Leaders; Popular Hindu Religion; Capitalism and Modernity; 2 The History of the Hindu Tradition; Brahman, Humanity and the World; Hindu Deities; The Major Deities; Shiva; Vishnu; The Goddess; Rāma and Krishna; Other Gods; 3 Transcendence and the Gods; Rites of Passage; Worship; Festivals and Pilgrimage; Personal Stories; 4 Hindu Rituals; Smārta Brahmins. Bauls of BengalLingāyats; The Five Major Traditions; Shaivism; Vaishnavism; Krishna Tradition; Rāma Tradition; Religious Traditions, Authority and Caste; 5 Hindu Religious Traditions; The Caste System; The Householder System; The Renouncer System; The Role of Women; The Role of Outcastes; The Political Background, the Monarchy and Hindu Nationalism; 6 Social and Political life; Universal Dharma; Buddhist and Hindu Notions of Dharma; Dharma in Hindu Life; Dharma and Karma; 7 Dharma and Ethics; The Veda; Later Sacred Texts; The Mahābhārata and the Rāmāyana; The Bhagavad Gītā and the Harivamsha. The PurānasTantric Agamas; Regional Sacred Texts; Further Reading; Modern Interpretations of Sacred Texts: Great Thinkers; 8 Scripture and Sacred Texts; Tribal and Village Art; The Sacred Architecture of Temples; Images of Hindu Deities; Political Patronage; 9 Hindu Aesthetics; Classical Hindu Yoga; The Outward Self; The Main 'Ways' of Spirituality; Hindu Spirituality and Nature; Sri Aurobindo; 10 Hindu Spirituality; The Great Vedanta Philosophers; Radhakrishnan and Twentieth-Century Advaita Vedanta; Diaspora; 11 Hindu Concepts and Philosophy and the Modern World; Bibliography; Glossary.

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