This book provides a much-needed thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism, the religion of the majority of people in India. 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 is discussed as both a global religion and a form of nationalism. Emphasis is given to the tantric traditions, which have been so influential; to Hindu ritual, which is more fundamental to the life of the religion than are specific beliefs or doctrines; and to Dravidian influences from south India. An Introduction to Hinduism examines the ideas of dharma, particularly in relation to the ideology of kingship, caste and world renunciation. Dr Flood also introduces some debates within contemporary scholarship about the nature of Hinduism. It is suitable both for the student and for the general reader.Read more
- Thematic and historical survey of Hindu traditions
- Emphasis on tantric traditions and Dravidian influences
- Discussion of contemporary scholarly debates about Hinduism
23rd Dec 2019 by Subhash1980
historical summarization is good and well narrated. I would like to go through the all pages
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- Date Published: August 1996
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521438780
- length: 367 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 151 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.602kg
- contains: 25 b/w illus. 2 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Points of departure
2. Ancient origins
4. Yoga and renunciation
5. Narrative traditions and early Vaisnavism
6. The love of Visnu
7. Saiva and tantric religion
8. The Goddess and Sákta traditions
9. Hindu ritual
10. Hindu theology and philosophy
11. Hinduism and the modern world.
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