Contemporary Hinduism: Ritual, Culture, and Practice
Contemporary Hinduism: Ritual, Culture, and Practice illuminates the modern-day ritual, range, and reach of this ancient and diverse religion. A brief historical overview is followed by discussions of the oral and written origins of Hinduism that give context for the main emphasis--contemporary thought, practice, and key issues. Unique to this work is the consistent attention given to the practice of Hinduism for both men and women.
What roles do caste and gender play in modern Hinduism? How are issues like ethics and the environment approached? What are the differences between urban and rural Hinduism, fundamental and secular Hinduism? To what countries has this religion spread, and how do the beliefs and practices of their people compare and contrast? Essays written by Indian and Western scholars answer these and other intriguing questions, introducing readers to the whole world of "living Hinduism" rather than the perspectives and traditions of a small elite.
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Chapter Two Hearing and Remembering
Chapter Three Hindu Devotion
Chapter Four The Hindu Ritual Calendar
Chapter Five Hindu Ethics
Chapter Six Contemporary Hindu Thought
Chapter Seven Gurus and Groups
Chapter Eight Caste in Contemporary India
Chapter Nine Voices of Dissent