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Hinduism

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  • Sitaby Devdutt Pattanaik

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available

    It is significant that the only character in Hindu mythology, a king at that, to be given the title of ekam-patni-vrata, devoted to a single wife, is associated with the most unjust act of abandoning her in the forest to protect family reputation. This seems a deliberate souring of the narrative, made even more complex by Ram?s refusal to remarry despite... more...

  • Sacred Soundby Alanna Kaivalya

    New World Library 2014; US$ 15.95

    What has made Alanna Kaivalya so popular is her ability to bring storytelling to the understanding of the myths behind much of yoga practice. It is this practical and lively storytelling that both engages the reader and allows them a deeper understanding of their practice and its meaning in their lives. This was what made her first book so popular... more...

  • A Hundred Measures of Timeby Nammalwar; Archana Venkatesan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    ?Look, my feet measure beyond earth and sky!? he said and touched the sky. I have surrendered to my lord who glanced at me with his large radiant eyes. The Tiruviruttam is an iconic poem by Namm??v?r (c. ninth century CE), the greatest of the ??v?r poet-saints of the Tamil ?r?vai??ava tradition. Its hundred interlinked verses celebrate the love between... more...

  • Poems to Sivaby Indira Viswanathan Peterson

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 49.95

    Composed by three poet-saints between the sixth and eighth centuries A.D., the Tevaram hymns are the primary scripture of the Tamil Saivism, one of the first popular large-scale devotional movements within Hinduism. Indira Peterson eloquently renders into English a substantial portion of these hymns, which provide vivid and moving portraits of the... more...

  • Avatarasby Annie Besant

    The Floating Press 2014; US$ 3.99

    Annie Besant was a fascinating figure who made a mark in a staggering number of fields and disciplines over the course of her career, ranging from making significant headway in the domain of women's reproductive rights to popularizing the esoteric spiritual system known as Theosophy in the West. The volume Avataras presents the text of a series... more...

  • Hinduismby Klaus K. Klostermaier

    Oneworld Publications 2014; US$ 23.95

    An informative study of Hindu history that moves swiftly but thoroughly through the ages, from the early emergence of the Vedic tradition, to developments in twentieth-century Hinduism. more...

  • A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduismby Klaus K. Klostermaier

    Oneworld Publications 2014; US$ 16.95

    With entries on everything from Manu to Gandhi and the Ramesvaram to the Himalayas, this is an invaluable reference book. more...

  • Ardorby Roberto Calasso; Richard Dixon

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 35.99

    In a meditation on the wisdom of the Vedas, Roberto Calasso brings ritual and sacrifice to bear on the modern world In this revelatory volume, Roberto Calasso, whom The Paris Review has called ?a literary institution,? explores the ancient texts known as the Vedas. Little is known about the Vedic people who lived more than three thousand... more...

  • Re-figuring the Ramayana as Theologyby Ajay K. Rao

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 145.00

    The R?m?yana of V?lm?ki is considered by many contemporary Hindus to be a foundational religious text. But this understanding is in part the result of a transformation of the epic?s receptive history, a hermeneutic project which challenged one characterization of the genre of the text, as a work of literary culture, and replaced it with another, as... more...

  • Status and Sacrednessby Murray Milner Jr.

    Oxford University Press 1994; US$ 65.00

    Status and Sacredness provides a new theory of status and sacral relationships and a provocative reinterpretation of the Indian caste system and Hinduism. Milner shows how in India and many other social contexts status is a key resource, and that sacredness can be usefully understood as a special form of status. By analyzing the nature of this resource... more...