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The Handy Hinduism G.K. Book

The Handy Hinduism G.K. Book

The Handy Hinduism G.K. Book

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Item Code: IDJ422
Author: John Renard
Publisher: Jaico Publishing House
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 9798179924517
Pages: 65 (Black & White Illustrations 15)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.5 inch X 7.0 inch
weight of the book: 200 gms
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About the Book

One of the noblest and most useful tasks to which we can commit ourselves is a greater understanding of how and why people believe as they do. What people believe-and why they believe it- profoundly influences the way they act. Religious beliefs and cultural assumptions are often so intimately intertwined that it is rarely, if ever, possible to disentangle them.

The Handy Hinduism GK Book is an easy to use comparative guide for anyone seeking a basic understanding of Hinduism. In this book you will find answers to questions related to history, leaders, organization, symbols, beliefs, membership, and much more.

About the Author

Dr. John Renard has written extensively on the history of religion. Since finishing a Ph.D. in Islamic studies in 1978 at Harvard, he's been teaching courses on Islam and other religious traditions to undergraduate and graduate students at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Introduction

Religion is one of the most powerful and pervasive forces in our world. To dismiss religion as so much superstition and delusional thinking is to brush aside one of the most important features of the human condition: what people believe-and why they believe it-profoundly influence the way they act. Religious beliefs and cultural assumptions are often so intimately intertwined that it is rarely, if ever, possible to disentangle them. It is possible, for the sake of clarity and to promote further discussion to provide a general outline of major themes in history, belief, structure, and practice. But it is essential to keep in mind that any study of a phenomenon so complex and broad begins from a particular point of view, makes certain working assumptions and must inevitably indulge in the luxury of sweeping generalizations.

All religious traditions represent vast and complex developments over many centuries and in countless cultural contexts. Reducing them, as I have done here, to sixty pages means barely scratching the surface to offer the merest hint of their richness. This volume's modest goal is to provide the kind of solid, basic information upon which interested readers might build a broader and deeper understanding of Hinduism through further investigation.

 

CONTENTS

 

Introduction 7
History and Sources 9
Religious Beliefs 16
Signs and Symbols 27
Membership, Community, Diversity 35
Leadership, Authority, Organization 41
Personalities and Powers 46
Holidays and Regular Observances 51
Customs and Rituals 54
References 64

 

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