An Introduction to Hinduism
By (author) Gavin D. Flood
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Introduction to Hinduism by Gavin D. Flood
Book DescriptionThis 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521438780
(228mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gavin D. Flood
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Tantric Mantras, Hardback (May 2011)
Provides an overview of the scholarly quality on Tantric mantras. This book presents a general summary on the nature of Tantric mantras, their phonetic aspect, structure and classifications. It explains the metaphysical-theological nature of Tantric mantras and gives an introduction to their beliefs and practices.
Tantric Body, Paperback (October 2005)
Contributes to an understanding of tantra's mysteries. Without minimising its sexual dimensions, this book argues that within tantra the body is more than a sexual entity, it is a vehicle for the spirituality that is fundamental to people's minds. This book is useful to students of South Asian cultures and societies, and of comparative philosophy.
Blackwell Companion to Hinduism, Paperback (May 2005)» View all books by Gavin D. Flood
* Presents the most recent scholarly thinking about Hinduism in an accessible way. * Leading scholars make their views and research available to a wider readership. * Divided into four sections covering theoretical issues, textual traditions, science and philosophy, and Hindu society and politics.
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