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The Ramayana and Hinduism
     

The Ramayana and Hinduism

by Anita Ganeri
 
Hindus are followers of a religion called Hinduism. Unlike many other religions, Hinduism does not have a single holy book. Many different texts are considered sacred, including the Vedas and Upanishads, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Puranas.

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Hindus are followers of a religion called Hinduism. Unlike many other religions, Hinduism does not have a single holy book. Many different texts are considered sacred, including the Vedas and Upanishads, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and the Puranas.

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Hinduism, the religious faith of about seven hundred million people in our world, is somewhat unique among the major spiritual movements. Unlike Christianity or Islam, Hindus do not have one central religious guidebook. Rather, for Hindus, there are many religious texts that contain key elements of their spiritual precepts. One of the chief Hindu texts is the Ramayana and it is this work that author Anita Ganeri describes in this volume of the "Sacred Texts" series. The Ramayana is a 24,000-verse poem that tells the tale of the suffering and forbearance of Rama and Sita. In the Ramayana, this sanctified married couple prevails despite an oppressive set of circumstances. In many ways, the Ramayana is a saga that lionizes not only a set of spiritual values but also the simple dignity and love that should mark all marriages. Along with the Ramayana, Hindus have a wide variety of other spiritual texts to turn to. This pantheon of works combine to offer Hindus a rich literary heritage of faith. Through this well researched and carefully written, illustrated book, readers will come away with a better understanding of Hindu concepts such as dharma, samsara, and karma. This is an enlightening book that will help its readers grasp the basic tenets of an ancient and respected faith. 2004, Smart Apple Media, Ages 10 to 14.
— Greg M. Romaneck

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583402429
Publisher:
Black Rabbit Books
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Series:
Sacred Texts Series
Pages:
30
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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