Hindu Primary Sources: A Sectarian Reader / Edition 1

Hindu Primary Sources: A Sectarian Reader / Edition 1

by Carl Olson
     
 

Bringing together texts from a variety of sectarian traditions, this reader provides the broadest selection of primary source Hindu literature available to date. The volume is divided into two major parts. The first section presents selections that explore major themes in classical Sanskrit traditions, including those in the Vedic, Upanisadic, and Dharma literatures,… See more details below

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Bringing together texts from a variety of sectarian traditions, this reader provides the broadest selection of primary source Hindu literature available to date. The volume is divided into two major parts. The first section presents selections that explore major themes in classical Sanskrit traditions, including those in the Vedic, Upanisadic, and Dharma literatures, as well as the classical philosophical-religious schools. The second part includes selections that highlight the sectarian and devotional movements related to major deities such as Vishnu, Shiva, Krishna, Rama, and goddess figures. There are also selections from the Sant tradition and Tantra.

In addition to a general introductory chapter on Indian literature, each major section is introduced by an essay that places the selections within the context of Hindu history. This comprehensive reader stands on its own as an indispensable anthology of original textual sources for courses in Hinduism, while also serving as a companion volume to the text The Many Colors of Hinduism: A Thematic-Historical Introduction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813540702
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
1,395,409
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction to Indian Religious Literature     1
Classical Sanskrit Traditions     5
The Vedic Literature     7
Upanisadic Literature     28
Dharma Literature     49
Classical Philosophical-Religious Schools     73
Devotional and Sectarian Traditions     149
Vaisnava Tradition     151
Krishna Devotionalism     224
Rama Devotionalism and Sant Tradition     341
Saiva Devotionalism     407
Goddess Devotion and Tantra     503
Notes     571
Index     573

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