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Pedagogy for Religion

Parna Sengupta.

August 2011; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Hinduism. 222 pages.

Offering a new approach to the study of religion and empire, this book challenges a widespread myth of modernity—that Western rule has had a secularizing effect on the non-West—by looking...

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The Life of Hinduism

Edited by John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan.

December 2006; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Hinduism. 337 pages.

This book presents Hinduism as a vibrant, truly “lived” religion. Celebrating the diversity for which Hinduism is known, it begins its journey in the “new India” of Bangalore, India's...

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Bringing the Gods to Mind

Laurie Patton.

June 2005; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Hinduism. 304 pages.

This book introduces a new perspective on Indic religious history by rethinking the role of mantra in Vedic ritual. The book takes a new look at mantra as “performed poetry” and in five...

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Encountering Kālī

Edited by Rachel Fell McDermott and Jeffrey Kripal.

May 2003; published online May 2012.

Book. Subjects: Hinduism. 339 pages.

This book explores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen—the Hindu goddess Kālī. She is simultaneously understood as a blood-thirsty warrior, a goddess of ritual...

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Rig Veda

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

In Hinduism, the oldest and principal of the Vedas, composed in the 2nd millennium bc and containing a collection of hymns in early Sanskrit.

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Louis Renou

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

(1896–1966)

A great and influential French Indologist, Renou held the chair in Sanskrit at the University of the Sorbonne, Paris, where he worked on a wide variety of topics,...

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renouncer

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

At its most inclusive, an English term used to designate anyone who has given up the householder (gṛhastha) life, and the values associated with it (encapsulated for the twice-born in the...

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Reṇukā

Overview page. Subjects: Hinduism.

According to the Purāṇas and the Mahābhārata, the wife of Jamadagni and the mother of Paraśurāma; the latter beheads her to prove his obedience to his father, but then brings her back to...

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pūcāri

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A term used in South India for a non-Brahmin priest, serving a village temple and its deities, using vernacular mantras.

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pūjā

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A ritual of worship, offering or reverence. Many forms are known in Buddhist countries, ranging from a simple offering of flowers, incense, and chanting in Theravādin countries to complex...

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