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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”...


Luis González-Reimann

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Cosmology Introduction This article deals with Hinduism’s views of the spatial structure and organization of the world as well as the world’s t...

Jainism, Hinduism and

Jonathan Geen

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-06-26

Hinduism and Jainism Introduction For approximately 2,500 years, Hinduism and Jainism have coexisted in South Asia, leading to a long history o...

Defining Hinduism

Laurie Patton

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Defining Hinduism Introduction The terms “Hinduism” and “Hindu” are notoriously difficult to define, and partly because of this ambiguity these...

Historical Traditions in Hindu Texts

Adam Bowles

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-05-23

Historical Traditions in Hindu Texts Introduction “Hinduism has no sense of history,” or so it has been commonly thought in much of the schola...


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...


John Stratton Hawley

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-04-24

Sūrdās Introduction Sūrdās (Sūradāsa, or for short, Sūr) is among the most important of India’s religious poets. He is traditionally considered...


Danielle Feller

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Deities Introduction Traditionally, the Hindu pantheon is supposed to consist of thirty-three gods (most commonly termed devas in Sanskrit): “...

Epics, Vernacular Oral

Aditya Malik

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Vernacular Oral Epics Introduction Vernacular oral epics occur in local and regional contexts all over the Indian subcontinent, engaging a ran...


Greg Bailey

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Trimūrti Introduction The trimūrti is a theological grouping of three gods in Sanskrit literature bringing together Brahma, Vishnu, and Shi...


Lynn Thomas

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2013-07-24

Kingship ...


Karen Pechilis

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-07-24

Nāyaṉmār Introduction The term nāyaṉmār (singular, nāyaṉār) is a Tamil-language word that today generally means “leaders,” but as the term is ...


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...


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...


Perundevi Srinivasan

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Goddess Introduction Goddess worship is one of the most important signposts of the cultural landscape of Hinduism. Goddesses are predomin...


David Gordon White

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Yoga Introduction The Sanskrit term yoga is first encountered in the Vedas, where it refers to the act of yoking, the animal so yoked, and th...

Sociological Approaches to Hinduism

Catherine Clementin-Ojha

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2013-08-26

Sociological Approaches to Hinduism Introduction The main concern of sociology of religion is to understand the role of religion in the constr...


Peter Bisschop

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Rudra-Shiva Introduction Shiva is one of the great gods of Hinduism and perhaps more than any other attests to the complexity of the religiou...

Six Systems/Darśanas

Matthew R. Dasti

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Six Systems/Darśanas Introduction During the classical period of Indian philosophy (roughly 100–1800 ce), philosophical development generally ...


Deepak Sarma

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-04-24

Mādhva Introduction Mādhva Vedānta is a tradition of Vedānta that was developed in the 13th century in southwestern India at modern-day Udupi, ...

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