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Abhinavagupta

David Lawrence

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Abhinavagupta Introduction The polymathic Abhinavagupta (c. 950–1020 ce) was a pivotal figure in the histories of Hindu scholastic philosop...

Āḻvār

Archana Venkatesan

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Āḻvār Introduction Āḻvār refers to a group of twelve Vaishnava poet-saints from Tamil-speaking South India who lived between the 6th an...

Amar Chitra Katha

Karline McLain

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-04-24

Amar Chitra Katha Introduction Amar Chitra Katha is India’s first and most beloved comic book series. Founded by Anant Pai in 1967, it is also ...

Āṇṭāḷ

Archana Venkatesan

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-06-26

Āṇṭāḷ Introduction Āṇṭāḷ is the epithet of the 9th-century Tamil female Vaishnava poet named Kōtai. She is the author of two major mystical po...

Architecture

Adam Hardy

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Architecture Introduction Even without considering the vexed question of defining Hinduism, to define “Hindu architecture” is problematic becau...

Ardhanārīśvara

Ellen Goldberg

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Ardhanārīśvara Introduction As the androgynous aspect par excellence of the great pan-Indian god Śiva, Ardhanārīśvara (“the lord who is half w...

Artha and Arthaśāstra

Timothy Lubin

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Artha and Arthaśāstra Introduction The term artha has a wide range of meanings in Sanskrit—aim, purpose, motive; object; goods, wealth; int...

Āśrama

Timothy Lubin

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

ĀśramaIntroductionThe concept of āśrama is one of the most often cited features of Hindu doctrine on how one should live one’s life. According to the ...

Astronomy and Mathematics

Kim Plofker

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Astronomy and MathematicsIntroduction“Astronomy” and “mathematics” are names of sciences in the Western intellectual tradition that have no exact coun...

Atharva Veda

Carlos Lopez

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-11-21

Atharva Veda Introduction The Atharva Veda (or Atharvaveda, AV), the fourth Vedic collection and the second oldest Indian text, is distinguish...

Avatāra

Tracy Coleman

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Avatāra Introduction The term avatāra is derived from the Sanskrit ava√tṝ cross down or descend, thus commonly referring to a god’s “descent”...

Bengal and Surrounding Areas, Hinduism in

Rebecca Manring

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-06-26

Hinduism in Bengal and Surrounding Areas Introduction Bengal constitutes the geographic region bounded on the north by the Himalayan range and...

Bhagavad Gita

Simon Brodbeck

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Bhagavad Gita Introduction The Bhagavad Gita is one of the supreme works of Sanskrit and indeed of all world literature. It is the most well-...

Bhairava

Elizabeth Chalier-Visuvalingam

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2013-05-28

Bhairava Introduction Bhairava, literally “the terrifying,” hence the god of terror, has intrigued students of South Asian religion because of...

Bhakti

Tracy Coleman

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Bhakti Introduction The Sanskrit term “bhakti” is generally translated as “devotion” and refers to a variety of Hindu traditions in which dev...

Bhārat Mātā

Sumathi Ramaswamy

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-05-23

Bhārat Mātā Introduction Bhārat Mātā (a Sanskrit phrase that literally translates as “India Mother”) is also widely known across India as “Mot...

Caste

Christophe Jaffrelot

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Caste Introduction Caste is one of the key concepts of Indian civilization. It gives the civilization most of its sociocultural distinctiveness...

Christianity, Hinduism and

Chad Bauman, Arun Jones, Brian Pennington, Joseph Prabhakar Dayam, Michelle Voss Roberts

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-05-23

Hinduism and Christianity Introduction Christian communities have existed in India since at least the 4th century ce, the likely result of rel...

Classes of Beings

Danielle Feller

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-03-02

Classes of Beings Introduction Besides gods, men, and beasts, Hinduism, including its earlier phase Vedism, contains a whole array of semidivine ...

Cosmogony

Alf Hiltebeitel

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Cosmogony Introduction Hinduism has numerous cosmogonies and no single or standard cosmogony. Earlier cosmogonies tend to supply pieces of later ...

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