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By Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger

This cutting edge introductory textbook explores the relevant practices and ideology of Hinduism via modern, daily practice.

  • Introduces and contextualizes the rituals, fairs and daily lived reviews of Hinduism in textual content and images
  • Includes information from the author’s personal vast ethnographic fieldwork in significant India (Chhattisgarh), the Deccan Plateau (Hyderabad), and South India (Tirupati)
  • Features assurance of Hindu diasporas, together with a examine of the Hindu neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Each bankruptcy contains case research examples of particular themes on the topic of the perform of Hinduism framed through introductory and contextual material

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Reference Mines, Diane P. 2009. Caste in India. Ann Arbor, MI: Association for Asian Studies, Inc. Recommended Readings Bayly, Susan. 2005. Caste, Society and Politics in India from the Eighteenth Century to the Modern Age. New York: Cambridge University Press. Omvedt, Gail. 1995. Dalit Visions: The Anti‐Caste Movement and the Construction of an Indian Identity. New Delhi: Orient Longman. Srinivas, M. N. 1995. Social Change in Modern India. New Delhi: Orient Longman. Valmiki, Omprakash. 2008. Joothan: An Untouchable’s Life.

1 20 Families of Deities ration), Sarasvati – goddess of speech, language, and the arts – is actively worshipped by contemporary Hindus throughout India, particularly students. Shiva and Vishnu will appear in descriptions and narratives that follow below. Mythological and Narrative Families Shiva, Vishnu, and Devi (the goddess) all have multiple forms and narratives. The goddess appears both as consort of male deities and independently without a male consort. Their mythological families also include the deities’ offspring and the animal mounts (vahanas) with which they are associated.

2 While the form is phallic (and there are several myths explicitly identifying it as such),3 the linga is equated by its worshippers with the god himself, without any phallic connotations – and thus to speak explicitly of this association understandably offends some Hindus. The linga sits in a female womb shape, the yoni; together, they embody the generative, creative potentiality of the male and female. ” Ganesha: The most popular member of Shiva’s family, found in a majority of brahminic temples and many domestic altars, is Ganesha, the elephant‐headed deity who removes obstacles.

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