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Hinduism Research Guide: Find Books

a gathering of resources for the study of Hinduism at the University of the South

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Use the library catalog to identify and locate books, video, audio and other material in our library. It is often best to begin with a detailed keyword search. Once you have identified an item that is within the scope of your research, use the subject headings found in the record describing it to locate similar materials. Also, when you retrieve a book from the shelf, you may wish to peruse the books shelved near it as they are likely to be on the same, or a related, subject.

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Recent Books on Hinduism in duPont Library

The Hindu Traditions

Renowned lecturer from The Teaching Company, Mark W. Muesse brings readers into an encounter with the world's oldest living religious tradition, known as Hinduism. Muesse's brief survey, challenges the perception of Hinduism as one religious tradition, showing how wonderfully rich and diverse this 5,000-year old story truly is. He traces the vast history and practices of classic and diverse traditions, moving from the origins in the Indus Valley up through classic and contemporary periods. Muesse exhibits a keen sense of the myriad spiritualities associated with Hinduism, demonstrating how the religious tradition is both monotheistic and polytheistic.

Hinduism in Practice - Rodrigues

Drawing on personal experiences of Hinduism on the ground, this book provides a reflective context within which religious practices can be understood and appreciated. It conveys the rich realities of the Hindu tradition and the academic approaches through which they are studied. The chapters cover a wide range of topics, including dance, music, performance, festival traditions, temples, myth, philosophy, women’s practices, and divine possession. The engaging narratives are accompanied by contextual discussions and advice on such topics as conducting fieldwork, colonialism, Hindu seasonal celebrations, understanding deities, and aesthetics in Hinduism. All the entries are accompanied by photographs and suggestions for further reading.

Library of Congress call numbers for Hinduism

 

BL1100-1295                                            Hinduism

BL1100-1107.5                                               General

BL1108.2-1108.7                                            Religious education

BL1109.2-1109.7                                            Antiquities.  Archaeology.  Inscriptions

BL1111-1143.2                                               Sacred books.  Sources

BL1112.2-1137.5                                                  Vedic texts

BL1140.2-1140.4                                                  Pur~as

BL1141.2-1142.6                                                  Tantric texts

BL1145-1146                                                  Hindu literature

BL1153.7-1168                                               By region or country

BL1212.32-1215                                              Doctrines.  Theology

BL1216-1225                                                  Hindu pantheon.  Deities

BL1225.2-1243.58                                           Religious life

BL1243.72-1243.78                                         Monasteries.  Temples, etc.

BL1271.2-1295                                               Modifications.  Sects

BL1284.5-1289.592                                               Vaishnavism

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