Chapter

· The Deity

John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

in The Life of Hinduism

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780520249134
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940079 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249134.003.0003
· The Deity

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This chapter takes a closer look at the aspect of Hindu practice that has always been most difficult for Muslims, Christians, and Jews to fathom: the meaning of worshiping an image—indeed, many images—and also examines what people think of worshipping an image or worshipping through an image. The vivid variety of Hindu deities is visible everywhere in India. Rural India is filled with countless wayside shrines. In every town of some size there are many temples, and every major temple may contain its own panoply of shrines and images.

Keywords: image worship; Muslims; Christians; Hindu practice; rural India

Chapter.  4432 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Hinduism

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