Hindu

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Readers are introduced to the gods and goddesses of the Hindu religion and to what each represents. The worship practices are outlined, and sacred texts (the Vedas and epic poems) are discussed. India and pilgrimages to that country are highlighted.
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Overview

Readers are introduced to the gods and goddesses of the Hindu religion and to what each represents. The worship practices are outlined, and sacred texts (the Vedas and epic poems) are discussed. India and pilgrimages to that country are highlighted.
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Children's Literature
The opening chapter of this title explains that Hinduism, unlike many other faiths, has no single sacred book or founder, and then relates what is known or presumed about its early history. Subsequent chapters address core Hindu beliefs, including the caste system and food tastes and taboos; gods and goddesses; modes of worship; holy books and sacred stories; pilgrims and places of pilgrimage; festivals and family celebrations. Sidebars spotlight additional information, such as the avatars of Vishnu and brief notes on sacred texts. In addition, each chapter includes an activity—e.g., making an elephant mask in honor of the elephant-headed god Ganesh; making the bracelets that sisters give to brothers during the festival of Raksha Bandhan; a recipe for carrot halva. The text is complemented by the addition of a mythic Krishna tale, a chart showing the Hindu religious calendar in comparison with the modern Gregorian calendar, and instructions for decorating the hands with mehndi or henna paste. Also included are quotes from Hindu children and adults from Canada, India, and the United States. If there is a flaw here, it is a lack of attention to the breadth of regional diversity in Hindu practices. Still, this is an informative basic introduction from an author practiced in interpreting this material. This title is part of the series "Beliefs and Cultures." 2005, Sea to Sea, Ages 7 to 10.
—Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Four books that highlight major world religions. The titles are visually attractive, with clear print and many full-color photographs and illustrations. However, the texts are superficial. They gloss over (or ignore) controversial issues such as the Hindu caste system and political conflicts between Sikhs and the Indian government. Essential information is omitted: death and reincarnation in Sikh; Gandhi, gurus, the four stages of life, and the religion's influence in the West in Hindu; Talmud and Zionism in Jewish; and Sunnis and Shiites, hegira, caliph, and jihad in Muslim. Glossaries and indexes are incomplete. Maps are confusing and lack vital data. The two or three crafts per volume are difficult, mainly due to vague, inadequate instructions (for instance, directions for making papier-mch do not specify how much flour, water, or newspaper to use). The books' British origin is particularly annoying in recipes ("7 ounces of semolina"). Children need readable overviews of world religions, but these series entries are disappointing efforts.Ann W. Moore, Guilderland Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780516080765
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/1997
  • Series: Beliefs and Cultures Series
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 10.71 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

What is Hinduism? 4
Hindu Beliefs 6
Gods and Goddesses 10
Ways of Worship 14
Holy Books and Sacred Stories 18
Pilgrims and Holy Places 22
Festivals 24
Family Celebrations 28
Glossary and Index 32
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