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Hinduism

Edited by Alf Hiltebeitel.

P ublished online January 2011 .

Research Guide. Subjects: Hinduism.

Made up of a rapidly expanding range of articles written by distinguished international scholars, this dynamic, continuously updated online resource offers exclusive authoritative research...

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Consciousness and Cognition

Sangeetha Menon.

in Hinduism

P ublished online July 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Hinduism. 6960 words.

The concepts of consciousness and cognition are central to Hindu philosophy. The major concepts that are related to the discussion on consciousness and cognition in Hindu philosophy are...

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Rādhāvallabha

Guy Beck.

in Hinduism

P ublished online July 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Hinduism. 13255 words.

The name “Rādhāvallabha” (Rādhā-vallabha) in Sanskrit refers to the Hindu god Krishna, who is known as the lover of Rādhā, his eternal divine consort. This epithet combines “Rādhā” with...

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Merchant Castes

David Rudner.

in Hinduism

P ublished online April 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Hinduism. 9667 words.

The South Asian trading world that gave birth to merchant castes extends back in time to the Indus Valley Civilization and is made up of a constantly changing and growing network of...

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Hindu Philosophy

Shyam Ranganathan.

in Hinduism

P ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Hinduism. 16832 words.

Despite over two thousand years of philosophical skepticism about the usefulness of definitions in categorizing data (beginning with Socrates, who asked for and was always disappointed...

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Rāmāyaṇa in the Hindu Tradition

Mandakranta Bose.

in Hinduism

P ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Hinduism. 14938 words.

The epic story of Rāma and Sītā is the most widespread and enduring of all stories in South and Southeast Asian society and culture, with its influence on society unabated to this day. One...

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Dharma

Alf Hiltebeitel.

in Hinduism

P ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Hinduism. 13412 words.

Dharma is a term distinctive to South Asian civilization. It is a concept that dictates appropriate behaviors necessary to maintain the order and customs of life. In a rough approximation...

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Amar Chitra Katha

Karline McLain.

in Hinduism

P ublished online April 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Hinduism. 5015 words.

Amar Chitra Katha is India’s first and most beloved comic book series. Founded by Anant Pai in 1967, it is also an important cultural institution that has helped to define, for several...

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Architecture

Adam Hardy.

in Hinduism

P ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Hinduism. 5486 words.

Even without considering the vexed question of defining Hinduism, to define “Hindu architecture” is problematic because it cannot be clearly separated from Indian architecture created in...

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Artha and Arthaśāstra

Timothy Lubin.

in Hinduism

P ublished online January 2011 .

Article. Subjects: Hinduism. 5585 words.

The term artha has a wide range of meanings in Sanskrit—aim, purpose, motive; object; goods, wealth; intent, meaning—but in speaking of the goals of human endeavor, it denotes material gain...

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