Contemporary Hinduism: Ritual, Culture, and Practice illuminates the modern-day ritual, range, and reach of this ancient and diverse religion.
A brief historical overview is followed by discussions of the oral and written origins of Hinduism that give context for the main emphasis—contemporary thought, practice, and key issues. Unique to this work is the consistent attention given to the practice of Hinduism for both men and women.
What roles do caste and gender play in modern Hinduism? How are issues like ethics and the environment approached?
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What are the differences between urban and rural Hinduism, fundamental and secular Hinduism? To what countries has this religion spread, and how do the beliefs and practices of their people compare and contrast? Essays written by Indian and Western scholars answer these and other intriguing questions, introducing readers to the whole world of "living Hinduism" rather than the perspectives and traditions of a small elite.
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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Hindu religious stages Hindu religious practices center on the importance of fulfilling the duties associated both with one's social position and one's stage of life. With regard to the latter, traditional Hindus are expected to pass through four stages ashramas over the course of their life: - Brahmacharga, which takes place during the school years, is focused on acquiring knowledge and developing character; - Grastha, the middle years, is focused on worldly pursuits and pleasures such as marriage, family and career; - Vanaprastha, when one's children reach adulthood, is a time of increased focus on spiritual things; and - Sanngasu, in the last years of life, one may abandon the world entirely for a life of contemplation.
HIndu Worship What is Puja? In Hinduism, Puja alternative spelling pooja; Sanskrit: "reverence" or "worship" is a religious ritual which most Hindus perform every morning after bathing and dressing but prior to taking any food or drink Hatha Yoga What is Hatha Yoga? Outside of the culture of Hinduism, the word "yoga" is usually understood to refer to the practice of meditative movement and bodily postures These durations are referred to as the Krta, Treta, Dvapara, and Kali. The first of these divisions Krta , is also known as satya-yuga, or the Age of Truth Hindu cow taboo Why is the cow important to Hindus?