What Do Hindus Believe?

Author(s): Rachel Dwyer

Religion

Hinduism is a much contested term used to describe the religious beliefs and practices of more than 800 million people, most of whom live in India. Yet Hinduism is a religion which lacks a set of core beliefs (there is no founder, no single scripture nor any central organisation). The sheer diversity of beliefs (Hindus may be atheists, polytheists and monotheists) and practices that vary across social groups and regions has led some to claim that the term 'Hindu' is almost meaningless. "What do Hindus believe?" argues, however, that there are central threads in this diversity which can be traced through more than three thousand years, from the prehistoric depictions of Hindu deities in the Indus Valley Civilisation, through classical, medieval and colonial periods.The book's examination of Hinduism in the twenty-first century discusses the rise of 'Hindutva' or Hindu-nationalism in India and examines beliefs and practices in the Hindu diaspora, with particular emphasis on Britain.

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  • : 9781862078611
  • : Granta Books
  • : Granta Books
  • : books

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  • : Rachel Dwyer
  • : Paperback
  • : 2008