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1. Title Title of document Hinduism - Religions of the World
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Leslie Dorrough Smith; Avila University
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Steven Ramey; University of Alabama; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) Hinduism; Vedas; Hindu; colonialism and Hinduism; Vedanta; Hinduism as a cultural influence
5. Subject Subject classification World Religions
6. Description Abstract This chapter explores and then interrogates four popular perspectives on Hinduism that both insiders and scholars have used to describe Hinduism as a religion. The first perspective portrays Hinduism primarily as devotion to multiple gods, introducing a few of these deities and some of the common ritualized practices related to them. The second takes a more textual approach by emphasizing the role of the Vedas as the sacred texts of Hinduism, both in ritual settings and in defining the boundaries of Hinduism. This view considers colonial definitions of religion as well as colonial preferences for the views of particular Hindus. The third perspective regards Hinduism as a special kind of knowledge about humans and their relation to the cosmos, commonly labeled the philosophy of Vedanta. The fourth considers Hinduism as a type of cultural influence that extends well beyond what has traditionally been defined as religion.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 19-Feb-2024
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.44598
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Religions of the World
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd