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Hinduism Beliefs & Practices: Major Deities & Social Structures Volume 1

Fowler, Jeaneane

Published by Sussex Academic Press
ISBN 10: 1845196228 / ISBN 13: 9781845196226
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Title: Hinduism Beliefs & Practices: Major Deities ...

Publisher: Sussex Academic Press

Binding: Soft cover

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Num Pages: 360 pages. BIC Classification: HRG. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 173 x 246 x 20. Weight in Grams: 640. . 2014. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781845196226

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Synopsis: This volume is an outstanding introduction to Hinduism and the many expressions of the religion in India. The evolution and nature of the major Hindu deities occupies substantial sections of the book as does a discussion of social structures, such as class and caste, that informs not only ritualistic practices and approaches to divinity but also societal norms. The historical roots of present-day beliefs and practices and the religious contexts in which they are based are examined, as are current issues such as the struggle for greater independence for women in all aspects of social and economic living. The book also incorporates the ways in which Hinduism is expressed in the colorful festivals and the sacred pilgrimages throughout India. Contents include: Fundamental Beliefs; Scriptures; Class and Caste; The Four Stages of Life; Gods and Goddesses (Siva); Gods and Goddesses (Sakti); Gods and Goddesses (Visnu, Krisna, and Radha); Ritual in the Home and Community (Worship); Ritual in the Home and Community (Life-cycle Rites); Women in the Home and Community; and Sacred Times and Places: Festivals and Pilgrimage.

About the Author: Jeaneane Fowler was the head of philosophy and religious studies at the University of Wales?Newport, and later an honorary research fellow. She is the author of several books, including The Bhagavad Gita: A Text and Commentary for Students, Chanting in the Hillsides, Introduction to the Philosophy and Religion of Taoism, and Perspectives of Reality: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Hinduism.

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