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On Hinduism

Wendy Doniger

Abstract

This book is a collection of forty-three essays on Hinduism, arranged logically rather than chronologically, and designed specifically for an Indian audience. The author focuses on topics that contradict what most people believe about Hinduism, from women and animals to heresy, dharma, and karma. She talks about the nature of Hinduism and defines what Hinduism is, particularly its pluralism and threats to Hindu pluralism. She also reflects on several of the enduring central themes of Hinduism, all of which involve karma, birth, death, and rebirth. In addition, she explores concepts of divinity ... More

Keywords: gender, Hinduism, animals, heresy, dharma, karma, divinity, sexuality, incest, India

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wendy Doniger, author
Divinity School at the University of Chicago

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Contents

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On Being Hindu

Gods, Humans and Anti-Gods

Women and Other Genders

Kama and Other Seductions

Horses and Other Animals

Illusion and Reality in the Hindu Epics

On not Being Hindu