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The Hinduism Omnibus
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"Nirad C. Chaudhuri's Hinduism: A Religion to Live By is a wholly original exposition of Hinduism, focusing on Hindu religious psychology and behaviour. Rejecting familiar assumptions about early Hinduism, Chaudhuri examines temple and image worship, as well as the three major cults of Shiva, Krishna, and the Mother Goddess." "Madeleine Biardeau's Hinduism: The Anthropology of a Civilization offers interpretations of the epics, traditional customs, and social norms. Using evidence from archaeological monuments and literary texts, the book brings to light the underlying unity beneath the bewildering diversity of this living tradition." "Mind, Body and Wealth: Belief and Practice in an Indian Village by D. F. Pocock examines Hinduism as a body of belief and practice. Based on fieldwork in Gujarat, the study is distinguished by an eye for detail and a capacity for empathy, as well as by literary felicity." "Finally, T. N. Madan's Non-Renunciation: Themes and Interpretations of Hindu Culture presents religion as inseparable from secular life. Focusing on the householder's life in Hindu society, Madan deals with asceticism, eroticism, altruism, and death as elaborations of the main theme. The book constitutes a reading of Hindu tradition as a rich and sensible philosophy of life in this world."--BOOK JACKET.
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