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Studying Hinduism in Practice

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ISBN-10: 0415468485

ISBN-13: 9780415468480

Edition: 2011

Authors: Hillary P. Rodrigues

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Hinduism is rich in fascinating practices. Hinduism in Practice offers students a unique understanding of the living tradition, including discussions of well-known rituals such as the performance of 'puja' and the great festivals of Holi and Divali, to lesser known rites associated with healing or possession. Drawing on eye witness reports of Hinduism on the ground, the book provides a reflective context within which the practices can be understood and appreciated.The 15 chapters explore a variety of folk, village and tribal traditions, women and Hinduism, diasporic Hinduism, Hinduism's relationship with other religions and Hinduism and politics. The contributors are authorities on their topics, and each chapter introduces a ritual or practice, describes it as the author has observed it, and examines its context and significance. All chapters include a list of further reading and interesting photographs, and the series website provides additional images, video clips and recordings of rituals.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 6/14/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Hillary Rodrigues (PhD, McMaster University) specializes in Hinduism. He is a professor in the religious studies department at the University of Lethbridge, where he teaches courses on various Eastern religions and on aspects of Asian philosophy and literature. He is the author of several scholarly articles and books, including Ritual Worship of the Great Goddess and Insight and Religious Mind.

List of figures
Series preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: studying Hinduism in practice
Discovering a story
Hanuman Jayanti in Maharashtra
Searching for Satt
Pilgrimage to Kamakhya through text and lived religion: some forms of the Goddess at an Assamese temple site
The accidental pilgrim: Vaisnava tirthas and the experience of the sacred
Dance and Hinduism: a personal exploration
Just my imagination?: puzzling through a Duryodhana festival near Dharmapuri, Tamilnadu
The wisdom of Kapila's cave: Samkhya-Yoga as practice
labia, spirituality, and the arts: a journey into the cycles of time
Divine times: Goddess worship in Banaras
A Himalayan exorcism
Experiencing Sanskrit dramas in Kerala: epic performances and performers
Learning about Hindu practice: fighting late-colonial attitudes and discovering temples and festivals
Index