Hinduism, with its rich variety of religious traditions, can often be hard to define. This book is an informative guide to those traditions, and their underlying unity. Covering all important aspects of Hinduism, from deities and temples to mythology and philosophy, and exploring what it means to lead a Hindu life, this book will let you discover this fascinating religion and understand its relevance today. NOT GOT MUCH TIME?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.AUTHOR INSIGHTSLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience.TEST YOURSELFTests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGEExtra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of psychology.FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBERQuick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.TRY THISInnovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
Ideal for those with no prior knowledge of the faith.Explains and defines all specialist terms.Suitable for students looking for an essential guide or just those who want to learn more about this major world faith.
Table of Contents:
authors' introductiondiversity and unitythe templemurtis and mythologygods and prieststhe familyreligion in the homefamily rituals and ceremoniesscripturespilgrimageliberation;enlightenment; the place of the guruhindu philosophythe path of the loving devotionthe beginnings of hinduismethicshinduism since 1757mohandas karamchand gandhisome aspects of hinduism todayfurther readingglossaryindex
About the Author(s):
V. P. Hemant Kanitkar was born and schooled in India and came to Britain in 1948. He obtained degrees, both in Sanskrit and History at London University. He taught in various secondary schools in the London area for 26 years. After retiring in 1984, he has written eleven books on Hinduism and India for British schools. The author also officiates as a priest for major Hindu rites of passage. Owen Cole has taught at every stage of education from junior schools to university. He is a vice president of the World Congress of Faiths, a member of the Other Faiths Commission of the Churches together in Britain and Ireland and a founder member of the Shap Working Party on World Religions in Education. He is visiting research fellow at University College, Chichester. He has written or contributed to some thirty five books. His principal interest is religious education in school, a recent contribution has been RE in the Primary Curriculum, Religious and Moral Education Press.
It is suitable for A-level students, as background reading for undergraduate students in Religious Studies, and for the general reader. It is also suitable for those who want to feel confident in deal