Archaeology of Hinduism

Namita Sugandhi and Kathleen Morrison

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199232444
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

Archaeology of Hinduism

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This article discusses the archaeology of Hinduism. While archaeological analysis of religious belief and practice is never straightforward, the record of that broad and diverse category that falls under the rubric of Hinduism has left us a rich material record. While research has been dominated by the rich iconography and styles of sculptures, bronzes, and other images as well as by the imposing Hindu temples and temple complexes, a great deal remains to be done on the more quotidian remains of personal devotion and practice that are manifest in, for example, household shrines, objects of personal devotion, broad landscapes of fields, villages, and sacred spaces, and even the bodily practices of diet, dress, and family.

Keywords: religion; religious belief; Hindu temples; iconography

Article.  5493 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Historical Archaeology

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