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Hinduism : an alphabetical guide

Author: Roshen Dalal
Publisher: New Delhi, India : Penguin Books, 2014. ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ism is one of the world's oldest religions; an amalgam of diverse beliefs and schools, it originates in the Vedas and is rooted in Indian culture. Hinduism: An Alphabetical Guide illuminates complex philosophical concepts through lucid definitions, a historical perspective and incisive analyses. It examines various aspects of Hinduism, covering festivals and rituals, gods and goddesses, philosophers, memorials,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Dictionaries
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roshen Dalal
ISBN: 9780143423171 0143423177
OCLC Number: 885369022
Description: xxxiv, 483 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Roshen Dalal.

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Ism is one of the world's oldest religions; an amalgam of diverse beliefs and schools, it originates in the Vedas and is rooted in Indian culture. Hinduism: An Alphabetical Guide illuminates complex philosophical concepts through lucid definitions, a historical perspective and incisive analyses. It examines various aspects of Hinduism, covering festivals and rituals, gods and goddesses, philosophers, memorials, aesthetics, and sacred plants and animals. The author also explores pivotal ideas, including moksha, karma, dharma and samsara, and details the diverse commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita and other important texts. Citing extensively from the regional languages, the book describes Hinduism's innumerable myths and legends, and looks at the many versions of texts including the Ramayana and Mahabharata, placing each entry in its historical context and tracing its evolution to the present.

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