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Hinduism

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  • The Simple Guide to Attending Hindu Ceremoniesby Akasha Lonsdale

    Kuperard 2011; US$ 4.99

    In today?s multicultural society we are increasingly likely to meet and become friends with people from different religious backgrounds, and to find ourselves attending an unfamiliar ceremony. When this happens, there can be few of us who know exactly what to expect, or are confident about how to behave. This chapter from Do I Kneel or Do I Bow? ... more...

  • Reading the Fifth Vedaby Joydeep Bagchee; Vishwa Adluri

    BRILL 2011; US$ 255.00

    Bringing together Hiltebeitel's major essays on the the Mah?bh?rata, the R?m?ya?a, and the south Indian cults of Draupad? and K?tt???avar along with new articles written especially for this collection, this two volume work offers a comprehensive re-reading of the Indian epic tradition by the foremost scholar in Indian epic studies today. more...

  • Hindu Mythsby Wendy Doniger

    Penguin Books Ltd 2004; Not Available

    Recorded in sacred Sanskrit texts, including the Rig Veda and the Mahabharata, Hindu Myths are thought to date back as far as the tenth century BCE. Here in these seventy-five seminal myths are the many incarnations of Vishnu, who saves mankind from destruction, and the mischievous child Krishna, alongside stories of the minor gods, demons, rivers... more...

  • The Rig Vedaby Wendy Doniger

    Penguin Books Ltd 2005; Not Available

    The earliest of the four Hindu religious scriptures known as the Vedas, and the first extensive composition to survive in any Indo-European language, the Rig Veda (c. 1200-900 BC) is a collection of over 1,000 individual Sanskrit hymns. A work of intricate beauty, it provides a unique insight into early Indian mythology, religion and culture. This... more...

  • The Laws of Manuby Wendy Doniger; Brian Smith; none

    Penguin Books Ltd 1991; Not Available

    The Laws of Manu form a towering work of Hindu philosophy. Composed by many Brahmin priests, this is an extraordinary, encyclopaedic representation of human life in the world, and how it should be lived. Manu encompasses topics as wide-ranging as the social obligations and duties of the various castes, the proper way for a righteous king to rule... more...

  • Manu's Code of Lawby Patrick Olivelle; Suman Olivelle

    Oxford University Press, USA 2004; US$ 119.99

    Manu's Code of Law is one of the most important texts in the Sanskrit canon, indeed one of the most important surviving texts from any classical civilization. It paints an astoundingly detailed picture of ancient Indian life-covering everything from the constitution of the king's cabinet to the price of a ferry trip for a pregnant woman-and... more...

  • THE BOOK OF NANAKby NAVTEJ SARNA

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; Not Available

    In 1469 the tiny village of Talwandi; forty miles south-west of Lahore; witnessed the birth of one of the greatest spiritual leaders of mankind and the founder of and Mecca; to spread his message. Drawing upon the various legends contained in anecdotal biographies and Bhai Gurdas?s first heroic ode; and placing them in as precise a historical framework... more...

  • THE BOOK OF MUHAMMADby MEHRU JAFFER

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; Not Available

    Muhammad is the Prophet; the messenger of God. But for the vast majority of people outside the Islamic faith; he remains a mystery; and myths and misconceptions about him abound. Born in a time of moral despondency and despair; Muhammad spent his entire life trying to transcend human pettiness; searching for absolute values; the meaning of life and... more...

  • THE BOOK OF BUDDHAby ARUNDHATHI SUBRAMANIAM

    Penguin Books Ltd 2009; Not Available

    Around 2500 years ago a thirty-five-year-old man named Siddhartha had a mystical insight under a peepul tree in north-eastern India; in a place now revered as Bodhgaya. Today; more than 300 million people across the globe consider themselves beneficiaries of Gautama Buddha?s insight; and believe that it has irrevocably marked their spiritual commitment... more...

  • His Wordsby Amiya P. Sen

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; Not Available

    ?I found that I had begun to take a great liking for the man . . . Oddly, this did not grow out of any feeling of veneration . . . for that would have implied my being overawed and somewhat fearful in the presence of someone vastly superior. Rather, my feelings grew spontaneously and from the very depths of my heart. I simply revelled in the man?s... more...