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Classes of Beings

Danielle Feller, Chiara Policardi

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-03-02

Classes of BeingsIntroductionBesides gods, men, and beasts, Hinduism, including its earlier phase Vedism, contains a whole array of semidivine beings....

Comparative Study of Hinduism

Ankur Barua

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2017-03-30

Comparative Study of HinduismIntroductionThe comparative study of Hinduism encompasses three broad forms of conceptual enquiry, cultural imagination, ...

Consciousness and Cognition

Sangeetha Menon

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2016-07-27

Consciousness and CognitionIntroductionThe concepts of consciousness and cognition are central to Hindu philosophy. The major concepts that are relate...


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 ...


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...

Dalits and Hinduism

Joel Lee, Kripanand Roy Komanapalli

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2022-03-23

Dalits and HinduismIntroductionThe vexed question of the relationship of Dalits to Hinduism provokes a range of responses depending on framing and dis...

Dance and Hinduism

Katherine Zubko

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2019-10-30

Dance and HinduismIntroductionDance is a central practice in Hinduism across a variety of contexts, mythological narratives, and time periods. Gods su...


Ariel Glucklich

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Death Introduction Like every other religion, Hinduism has treated the subject of death as one of the major concerns of human life, both as an ...

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...


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): “...

Democracy in India

Rajeshwari Deshpande, Suhas Palshikar

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2017-11-29

Democracy in IndiaIntroductionScholarly interest in India’s democratic politics has shifted from curiosity and skepticism to robust comparisons and po...

Devī Māhātmya

Raj Balkaran

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2022-01-12

Devī MāhātmyaIntroductionThe Sanskrit narrative text Devī Māhātmya—“The greatness of the Goddess” (also known as Durgā Saptaśatī and Caṇḍī Pāṭha, henc...


Alf Hiltebeitel

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Dharma Introduction Dharma is a term distinctive to South Asian civilization. It is a concept that dictates appropriate behaviors necessary to ...

Diaspora Hinduism

Frank Korom

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Diaspora Hinduism Introduction The study of global diasporas has grown considerably over the past thirty years. The interest in studying di...

Digital Hinduism

Juli Gittinger

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2017-02-28

Digital HinduismIntroductionAnthony Giddens has described globalization as an “intensification” and “compression” of time and space—nowhere is this mo...


Emily T. Hudson

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2017-09-27

DraupadīIntroductionDraupadī is the central heroine of the classical Sanskrit epic the Mahābhārata, which tells the tale of a fratricidal war between ...


Bihani Sarkar

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2019-05-29

DurgāIntroductionDurgā—goddess of war; slayer of demons; bestower of victory; savior in dangers; keeper of sacred Order; guardian of fortresses; dispe...


Andrea Diem

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2018-10-25

EckankarIntroductionPaul Twitchell (b. 1909–d. 1971) officially founded Eckankar in 1965. However, a couple of years prior he had published several ar...

Ecology in Hinduism

Christopher Key Chapple, Pankaj Jain

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Ecology in HinduismIntroductionThe contemporary problems of environmental degradation have not gone unnoticed by adherents and scholars of the Hindu f...

Education and Hinduism

Nita Kumar

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2021-05-26

Education and HinduismIntroductionWe may approach the topic “Education and Hinduism” through two overlapping perspectives. In the first, we would take...

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