Living Hinduisms: An Explorer's Guide / Edition 1

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Aiming to turn inside-out models currently used for the teaching of Hinduism, Nancy Falk's new LIVING HINDUISMS aims to introduce students to this religion through an illuminating presentation of its lived practices. Recognizing an all-too-frequent disconnect that students of Hinduism feel when confronted with the actual sights and sounds of contemporary Hindu rituals, Nancy Falk brings these experiences to life through an astute and eye-opening exploration of Hinduism's diverse, yet—as she argues—unified traditions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534520113
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/23/2005
  • Series: Religion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Falk earned a B.A. from Cedar Crest College and a MA/Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is a leading scholar in the fields of Indian Religion-both Hinduism and Buddhism-and in cross-cultural women's studies in religion. Among her many scholarly contributions to religious studies, several standouts include: UNSPOKEN WORLDS: WOMEN'S RELIGIOUS LIVES (with Rita M. Gross and also published by Wadsworth), and WOMEN AND RELIGION IN INDIA.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: HINDUISM OVER TIME: FOUR TEACHING TRADITIONS. 1. The Brahmins. 2. The Sadhus. 3. Bhaktas and Shaktas. 4. The Samajists. Part II: HINDUISM IN SPACE: HOME, TEMPLE, PILGRIM ROAD. 5. In the Home. 6. At Temples and Temple Festivals. 7. On the Road: Pilgrims and Sadhu Journeys. Part III: HINDUISMS OF CASTE AND CLASS. 8. Among the Poor and Oppressed. 9. Among the Well-To-Do and Advantaged. Part IV: HINDUISMS IN THE MAKING. 10. In Ashrams. 11. In Politics. 12. Around the Globe. Afterword.

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