On Hinduism

On Hinduism

Wendy Doniger

during this magisterial quantity of essays, Wendy Doniger complements our realizing of the traditional and intricate faith to which she has dedicated herself for part a century. This sequence of interconnected essays and lectures surveys the main significantly vital and hotly contested concerns in Hinduism over 3,500 years, from the traditional time of the Vedas to the current day.

The essays examine the character of Hinduism; Hindu innovations of divinity; attitudes relating gender, regulate, and wish; the query of truth and phantasm; and the impermanent and the everlasting within the nice Sanskrit epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. one of the questions Doniger considers are: Are Hindus monotheists or polytheists? How can atheists be Hindu, and the way can unrepentant Hindu sinners locate salvation? Why have Hindus committed rather a lot realization to the psychology of habit? What does the importance of canines and cows let us know approximately Hinduism? How have Hindu recommendations of demise, rebirth, and karma replaced over the process heritage? How and why does a pluralistic religion, extraordinary for its highbrow tolerance, foster non secular intolerance?

Doniger concludes with 4 concise autobiographical essays during which she displays on her life of scholarship, Hindu feedback of her paintings, and the impact of Hinduism on her personal philosophy of existence. On Hinduism is the end result of over 40 years of scholarship from a popular specialist on one of many world's nice faiths.

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