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Hinduism for dummies
Srinivasan, A. V. (Amruthur V.)
Publication Information:
Hoboken, NJ : Wiley, [2011]

Physical Description:
xviii, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Explore the profound history and modern practice of Hinduism. This friendly guide gives you the lowdown on the core beliefs and values shared by Hindus and the diverse deities and practices that represent them.
General Note:
Includes index.
Introducing Hinduism -- The Hindu Pantheon and its religious leaders -- The sacred texts -- Hinduism in practice -- Delving deeper into the Hindu concept of reality -- The part of tens.
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Your hands-on guide to one of the world's major religions

The dominant religion of India, "Hinduism" refers to a widevariety of religious traditions and philosophies that havedeveloped over thousands of years. Today, the United States is hometo approximately one million Hindus.

If you've heard of this ancient religion and are looking for areference that explains the intricacies of the customs, practices,and teachings of this ancient spiritual system, Hinduism ForDummies is for you!

Provides a thorough introduction to this earliest and popularworld belief system Information on the rites, rituals, deities, and teachingsassociated with the practice of Hinduism Explores the history and teachings of the Vedas, Brahmans, andUpanishads Offers insight into the modern daily practice of Hinduismaround the world

Continuing the Dummies tradition of making the world's religionsengaging and accessible to everyone, Hinduism For Dummies isyour hands-on, friendly guide to this fascinating religion.

Author Notes

Dr. Amrutur V. Srinivasan , born in India, is primary founder and first president of the Connecticut Valley Hindu Temple Society. He has functioned as a Hindu priest performing a wide variety of pujas (worships), weddings, and other ceremonies since 1971.

Table of Contents

Part I Introducing Hinduism
Chapter 1 A Quick Overview of Hinduism
Chapter 2 From Past to Present: A Condensed History of Hinduism
Chapter 3 Hinduism's Core Beliefs and Values
Chapter 4 Major Hindu Denominations
Chapter 5 The Structure of Hindu Society
Part II The Hindu Pantheon and Its Religious Leaders
Chapter 6 Pantheism to Polytheism: From the One to the Very Many
Chapter 7 Hindu Gods and Goddesses
Chapter 8 The Avatars of Vishnu: The Divine Descent
Chapter 9 Revering the Role of Religious Leadership
Part III The Sacred Texts
Chapter 10 The Vedas: Centuries of Accumulated Treasures
Chapter 11 Gaining Higher Knowledge with the Upanishads
Chapter 12 Living with the Epics and Puranas
Chapter 13 The Song of the Lord: The Bhagavad Gita
Part IV Hinduism in Practice
Chapter 14 Worshipping at Home
Chapter 15 Worshipping at Temples
Chapter 16 Holydays and Festivals
Chapter 17 Cradle to Cremation: The Life-Cycle Rites
Chapter 18 Taking a Pilgrimage
Part V Delving Deeper into the Hindu Concept of Reality
Chapter 19 The Six Schools of Thought: The Darshanas
Chapter 20 Vedanta: The End of Knowledge
Chapter 21 The Yogic Path to Salvation
Part VI The Part of Tens
Chapter 22 Ten Common Questions About Hindus
Chapter 23 Ten Common Prayers
Chapter 24 Ten (Plus) Traditional Mandates