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Hinduism: Facts and Fictions
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Hinduism: Facts and Fictions (Hardback)

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This reference dispels widespread stereotypes of Hinduism, clearly and accessibly explaining the complex truths behind these stereotypes, with backing from historical sources as well as contemporary scholarship.

Do Hindus worship cows? Why do Hindu gods have so many arms? What is the caste system, and why do Hindus practice it? How is yoga related to Hinduism? This book not only answers questions like these but digs into how the questions themselves are often based on misunderstandings of a subtle and ancient tradition with much wisdom to offer the modern world. It explores such topics as Hindu worship, Hindu beliefs about the afterlife, Hindu ideals of justice, Hindu political and social thought, Hinduism and gender issues, conflicts between Hindus and Muslims, historical reasons for poverty in India, and the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, who is probably the best known Hindu in the Western world.

Each chapter focuses on a particular fiction related to Hinduism, discussing how the fiction arose and spread through excerpts from primary source documents. Readers will come away with an understanding of significant misconceptions related to Hinduism as well as the truths behind those beliefs.

Features an introduction that places Hinduism in its historical context

Overview significant misconceptions related to Hinduism along with the facts behind the fictions

Offers primary source documents that serve as evidence for how the misconceptions developed and spread, along with what we now believe to be the historical truths

Provides a bibliography to the most important additional resources

History & PoliticsHistory General & TheoryHistory: theory & methodsHistoriographyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsHinduismReligion & BeliefsReligion: generalHistory of religion Publisher: ABC-CLIO Publication Date: 28/06/2021 ISBN-13: 9781440864650  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jeffery D. Long is professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College, author of several books, and a 2018 recipient of the Dharma Seva Award for his work to dispel stereotypes about Hinduism.

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