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Your hands-on guide to one of the world's major religions
The dominant religion of India, "Hinduism" refers to a wide variety of religious traditions and philosophies that have developed over thousands of years. Today, the United States is home to approximately one million Hindus.
If you've heard of this ancient religion and are looking for a reference that explains the intricacies of the customs, practices, and teachings of this ancient spiritual system, Hinduism For Dummies is for you!
Continuing the Dummies tradition of making the world's religions engaging and accessible to everyone, Hinduism For Dummies is your hands-on, friendly guide to this fascinating religion.
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Explore the profound history and modern practice of Hinduism
Want to know what Hinduism is all about? This friendly guidegives you the lowdown on the core beliefs and values shared by Hindus and the diverse deities and practices that represent them. From ancient rituals prescribed by sacred texts to modern worship, Hinduism For Dummies leads you on a fascinating journey toward comprehending the vast diversity that exists within the world's oldest religion.
Dharma, karma, and moksha — grasp the importance of moral order, action, and the quest for liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth
Gods, goddesses, and avatars — get acquainted with the Hindu Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva), their companions, and the forms they have taken when descending to earth
Om sweet om — delve into six philosophies that have guided Hindus in their search for Truth and Reality
The power of ten — get answers to ten common questions about Hindus, learn ten common prayers, and get ten traditional pieces of advice
Open the book and find:
How the search for Truth defines the Hindu worldview
Explanations of dharma and karma
The scriptural basis for the caste system
What polytheism is
Major sects and subsects and the gods and goddesses they worship
An introduction to the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads
Key teachings of Hinduism's spiritual leaders
An overview of major Hindu festivals and pilgrimage sites
Appreciate the Hindu belief that everything is sacred
Grasp the diversity of practices that fall under the umbrella of Hinduism
Recognize the major gods and goddesses worshipped by Hindus
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