Hinduism

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With its vast pantheon of gods and goddesses and its traditional reliance upon a strict caste system to organize society, Hinduism is often very difficult for people from the West to understand. As the world's third-largest religion and one of humanity's oldest, however, Hinduism is certainly worth learning about. Most Hindus agree that the many deities recognized in their religion are merely different sides of one supreme God. Even so, the Hindu worldview differs dramatically from the monotheistic belief systems...
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Overview

With its vast pantheon of gods and goddesses and its traditional reliance upon a strict caste system to organize society, Hinduism is often very difficult for people from the West to understand. As the world's third-largest religion and one of humanity's oldest, however, Hinduism is certainly worth learning about. Most Hindus agree that the many deities recognized in their religion are merely different sides of one supreme God. Even so, the Hindu worldview differs dramatically from the monotheistic belief systems of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Hindu faith might be compared to a rainbow in which all possible colors are represented, but where every individual color has its own distinct place. That is, the one God is the rainbow and the thousands of individual deities are colors within the spectrum. Just as it acknowledges many aspects of divinity, perhaps more than any other religion, Hinduism cherishes the different conditions and types of humanity. As respected religious scholar James B. Robinson demonstrates, almost every kind of religious activity in the world may be found in some form somewhere in Hinduism.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780791080139
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Religions of the World Series
  • Pages: 150
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vi
Preface xi
1 Introduction to Hinduism 2
2 Foundations of Hinduism 12
3 Sacred Scriptures in Hinduism 22
4 Worldview of Hinduism 37
5 Hindu Worship and Temple Practice 70
6 Growing Up Hindu 80
7 Hindu Popular Culture 96
8 Hindu Holidays 112
9 Memories 128
10 Hinduism in the World Today 141
Appendix 150
Chronology and Timeline 164
Notes 170
Glossary 171
Bibliography 179
Further Reading 182
Index 185
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