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Wendy Doniger

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199360079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.001.0001

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Death and Rebirthin Hinduism 1

Death and Rebirthin Hinduism 1

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(p.87) Death and Rebirthin Hinduism1
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On Hinduism
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Wendy Doniger

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199360079.003.0007

This chapter examines the different approaches to death and rebirth in Hinduism, first by looking at what the Rig Veda says about death and the afterlife, as well as recurring death or ‘re-death’ and rebirth in the Brahmanas. It then discusses the relation between karma and rebirth, heaven and hell in the Mahabharata, rebirth in the Puranas, and the major myths of death that characterize each of the great Hindu gods and goddesses such as Vishnu and Shiva. It also discusses the views of Hindus and non-Hindus about reincarnation.

Keywords:   death, rebirth, Hinduism, Rig Veda, re-death, Brahmanas, karma, Mahabharata, Hindu gods, reincarnation

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