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THE ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF HINDUISM


A comprehensive guide to Hindu history and philosophy, its traditions and practices, rituals and beliefs, with more than 470 magnificent photographs


Rasamandala Das Consultant: Professor M. Narasimhachary PUB DATE:


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Reference & History


May 2011 (UK) Aug 2011 (US) UK £17.99/US $35.00 (P) 256 (A256)


297 x 228mm/111 9780754820567 0 7548 2056 4


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• Discusses the role of Hinduism throughout its history, its rites and rituals, texts and teachings, including the four main paths of devotion, meditation, selfless action and philosophical wisdom


• Beautifully illustrated with over 470 photographs, fine-art paintings, sculptures and artworks


“This illustrated encyclopaedia of Hinduism provides a highly readable and comprehensive introduction to Hinduism. Rasamandala Das presents a lively account of the diverse strands of the tradition, including bhakti, philosophy, tantra, village practices and contemporary debates about ethics and Hindu identity.” Professor Gavin Flood, Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies


About the Author and Consultant


Rasamandala Das practises the Vaishnava tradition and holds an MA in Religious Education from Warwick University. He is co-director of ISKCON Educational Services, the UK’s largest provider of educational resources on Hinduism. He is the author of several key texts on Hinduism, includingThe Heart of Hinduism.


Consultant Professor M. Narasimhachary worked as Director of Academic Affairs at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.He was formerly the Founder Professor and Head of the Department of Vaishnavism at the University of Madras (Chennia) India.


90 ⁄2 x 9in


Hardback with jacket Over 470 photographs 10


Hinduism is perhaps the world's oldest major religion. This comprehensive book explores its rich historical and cultural development, from its Indian roots to its vibrant application in the present, global context.The first section examines the origins of Hinduism, exploring the holy texts and their teachings about the self, the law of karma, and the cycle of birth and death. The second section focuses on spiritual practices – the four main paths and the array of Hindu deities. The final section analyses Hindu society, culture and arts. Detailed yet highly readable, it provides the perfect reference for anyone wishing to explore the compelling faith and culture that is Hinduism.


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