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Nāyaṉmār

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 ...

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...

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...

Goddess

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...

Yoga

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...

Rudra-Shiva

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 ...

Mādhva

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, ...

Iconography

Chandreyi Basu

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Iconography Introduction At a basic level, iconography involves description, identification, and classification of artworks as a means of stu...

Inscriptions, Early Historic

Meera Visvanathan

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-06-26

Early Historic Inscriptions Introduction The early history of Hinduism has often been understood through the prism of textual sources, beginni...

Mānava-Dharmaśāstra

Patrick Olivelle

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-05-23

Mānava-Dharmaśāstra Introduction The Mānava-Dharmaśāstra (“Manu” for short) occupies a pivotal position in the long history of Dharmaśāstric t...

Mirabai

Nancy M. Martin

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-06-26

Mirabai Introduction Mirabai (also known as Meerabai, Mira, Meera) is the most well known of the women bhakti (Hindu devotional) saints of Ind...

Viṣṇu

Sucharita Adluri

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2014-08-26

Vishnu Introduction Vishnu (Skt. Viṣṇu) is one of the great gods of the Hindu pantheon, whose earliest mention is in the Vedas. As an ally of ...

Mahābhārata

Simon Brodbeck

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Mahābhārata Introduction The Mahābhārata is a vast array of narrative traditions in all varieties of media. It is also—and perhaps was origin...

Women in Hinduism

Perundevi Srinivasan

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Women in HinduismIntroductionThis article attempts to map scholarly resources on the status, roles, and representations of women in Hinduism. The hist...

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 ...

Pārvatī

Ellen Goldberg

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2012-04-24

Pārvatī Introduction Pārvatī (“daughter of the mountain,” also known as Umā) is considered one of the most beloved goddesses in the Hindu panth...

Gaṇeśa

Greg Bailey

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2014-04-28

Gaṇeśa Introduction Gaṇeśa, also called Gaṇapati and Vināyaka, is one of the most popular gods in contemporary India and one of the most well ...

Indian Medicine

Dominik Wujastyk

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Indian Medicine Introduction Contemporary India has what anthropologists such as Charles Leslie have termed a “pluralistic medical system” (s...

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