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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...


Sundar Sarukkai

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2016-02-25

Logic Introduction Indian logic is primarily a study of the nature of human inference, and its beginnings can be traced back to ancient times. It is ind...


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...

Rāmāyaṇa in the Hindu Tradition

Mandakranta Bose

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2016-03-31

Rāmāyaṇa in the Hindu Tradition Introduction The epic story of Rāma and Sītā is the most widespread and enduring of all stories in South and Southeast A...


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 ...

Indo-European Religions

Alexis Pinchard

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2016-04-28

Indo-European Religions Introduction Indo-European religions does not mean the religion of the Indo-Europeans. The notion of Indo-European is essentiall...


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, ...


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...


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...


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 ...


Herman Tull

Subject: Hinduism »

Date Added: 2011-01-27

Karma Introduction Karma is a central element of South Asian thought, and, as such, it has deeply influenced South Asian religious and so...

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