Introducing Hinduism: A Graphic Guide

March 12, 2010|
Introducing Hinduism: A Graphic Guide by Vinay Lal
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Why do Hindus revere the cow?

Must Hindus be vegetarian? 

Hinduism is the world''s oldest religion, yet the word ''Hindu'' was never used before the 18th century by Hindus to describe themselves. it is defined as polytheistic, but Gandhi declared that a Hindu needn''t believe in any god. it is a religion as much of myth as of history - it has no founder, no single authoritative book, even few central doctrines.

Introducing Hinduism offers a guide to the key philosophical, literary, mythological and cultural traditions of the extraordinarily diverse faith.  It untangles the complexities of Hinduism''s gods and goddesses, its caste system and its views on sex, everyday life and asceticism. 

Vinay Lal andBorin Van Loon''s hugely enjoyable tour through Hinduism also explores its links with and differences from Buddhism, Jainism and other religions, the resurgence of Hindu extremism, the phenomenon of Bollywood and the overseas Hindu diaspora.
Vinay Lal teaches at UCLA. He writes widely on Indian history, contemporary politics, Bollywood and the Indian diaspora. Recent books include The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India (Oxford University Press, 2003). Borin Van Loon has worked on numerous ''Introducing'' titles. He is a freelance illustrator, sur...
Title:Introducing Hinduism: A Graphic Guide
Product dimensions:176 pages, 6.61 X 4.65 X 0.59 in
Shipping dimensions:176 pages, 6.61 X 4.65 X 0.59 in
Published:March 12, 2010
Publisher:Icon Books
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781848311145

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