Author: Nirad C ChaudhuriPublisher: Oxford University PressYear: 1997Language: EnglishPages: 340ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195640136
A wholly original exposition of Hinduism, it focuses on Hindu religious psychology and behavior rather than the mythology, dogmas, and rituals as found in the religious texts. General readers who want to understand Hinduism will appreciate Chaudhuri's book for the liveliness and clarity of its picture of Hindu life. Scholars will welcome it for the author's widely admired authority. The author is a born writer. He makes delightful reading, always thought-provoking; imperative to anyone who wants to understand India.
ExplanationsAcknowledgementsPrefaceIntroduction What is Hinduism ?PART ONEHISTORICALCHAPTER ONEHistory of Hinduism : Its MethodologyCHAPTER TWOHistorical Data about HinduismCHAPTER THREEIndo-European Core of HinduismCHAPTER FOURWhat happened in IndiaPART TWODESCRIPTIVECHAPTER ONESources for DescriptionCHAPTER TWORegional and Social DiversityCHAPTER THREEIntrinsic DiversityCHAPTER FOURPriesthood and SectsCHAPTER FIVEReligious Control of Hindu LifePART THREEANALYTICALCHAPTER ONESome Special Features of HinduismCHAPTER TWOThe Cults of Siva and Durga-KaliCHAPTER THREEThe Cult of KrishnaCHAPTER FOURGain from ReligionEpilogueHindu SpiritualityBibliographyIndex