On Hinduism

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byWendy Doniger

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In this magisterial volume of essays, Wendy Doniger enhances our understanding of the ancient and complex religion to which she has devoted herself for half a century. This series of interconnected essays and lectures surveys the most critically important and hotly contested issues in Hinduismover 3,500 years, from the ancient time of the Vedas to the present day.The essays contemplate the nature of Hinduism; Hindu concepts of divinity; attitudes concerning gender, control, and desire; the question of reality and illusion; and the impermanent and the eternal in the two great Sanskrit epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Among the questions Donigerconsiders are: Are Hindus monotheists or polytheists? How can atheists be Hindu, and how can unrepentant Hindu sinners find salvation? Why have Hindus devoted so much attention to the psychology of addiction? What does the significance of dogs and cows tell us about Hinduism? How have Hindu conceptsof death, rebirth, and karma changed over the course of history? How and why does a pluralistic faith, remarkable for its intellectual tolerance, foster religious intolerance?Doniger concludes with four concise autobiographical essays in which she reflects on her lifetime of scholarship, Hindu criticism of her work, and the influence of Hinduism on her own philosophy of life. On Hinduism is the culmination of over forty years of scholarship from a renowned expert on oneof the world's great faiths.

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In this magisterial volume of essays, Wendy Doniger enhances our understanding of the ancient and complex religion to which she has devoted herself for half a century. This series of interconnected essays and lectures surveys the most critically important and hotly contested issues in Hinduismover 3,500 years, from the ancient time of ...

Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago and the author of over 30 books, most recently The Hindus: An Alternative History.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:682 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Foreword into the PastA ChronologyI. On Being HinduHinduism by Any Other NameAre Hindus Monotheists or Polytheists?Three (or More) Forms of the Three (or More) - Fold Path in HinduismThe Concept of Heresy in HinduismEating KarmaMedical and Mythical Constructions of the Body in Sakskrit TextsDeath and Rebirth in HinduismForgetting and Re-awakening to IncarnationAssume the Position: The Fight over the Body of YogaThe Toleration of Intolerance in HinduismThe Politics of Hinduism TomorrowII. Gods, Humans and Anti-GodsSaguna and Nirguna Images of the DeityYou Can't Get Here from There: The Logical Paradox of Hindu Creation MythsTogether Apart: Changing Ethical Implications of Hindu CosmologiesGod's Body, or, the Lingam Made Flesh: Conflicts over the Representation of ShivaSacrifice and Subsitution: Ritual Mystification and Mythical Demystification in HinduismThe Scrapbook of Undeserved Salvation: The Kedara Khanda of the Skanda PuranaIII. Women and Other GendersWhy Should a Brahmin Tell You Whom to Marry?: A Deconstruction of the Laws of ManuSaranyu/Samjna: The Sun and the ShadowThe Clever Wife in Indian MythologyRings of Rejection and Recognition in Ancient IndiaThe Third Nature: Gender Inversions in the KamasutraBisexuality and Transsexuality Among the Hindu GodsTranssexual Transformations of Subjectivity and Memory in Hindu MythologyIV. Kama and other SeductionsThe Control of Addiction in Ancient IndiaReading the Kamasutra: It Isn't All About SexThe Mythology of the KamasutraFrom Kama to Karma: The Resurgence of Puritanism in Contemporary IndiaV. Horses and Other AnimalsThe Ambivalence of AhimsaZoomorphism in Ancient India: Humans More Bestial Than BeastsThe Mythology of Horses in IndiaThe Submarine Mare in the Mythology of ShivaIndra as the Stallion's WifeDogs as Dalits in Indian LiteratureSacred Cows and BeefeatersVI. Illusion and Reality in the Hindu EpicsImpermanence and Eternity in Hindu Epic, Art and PerformanceShadows of the RamayanaWomen in the MahabharataThe History of EkalavyaVII. On Not Being Hindu"I Have Scinde": Orientalism and GuiltDoniger O'Flaherty on DonigerYou Can't Make an OmeletteThe Forest-DwellerAppendix I: Limericks on HinduismWendy Doniger: Appendix II: Essays on HinduismList of AbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex

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"This is a wonderful book, written with the grace and humor we have come to expect from Professor Doniger. There is an energy to the writing that carries the reader along. The book succeeds in presenting the complex and contentious range of cultural forms we call 'Hinduism' in a way thatexplains their complexity while identifying their uniting features. This book is a treat and pleasure to read." --Gavin Flood, Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion, Oxford University