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Eastern Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto

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This fascinating volume provides a concise, illustrated introduction to five of the great religious traditions of the world--Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.

Buddhism, one of the world's great religious traditions, attracts millions of modern-day followers. Hinduism, one of the most ancient of all belief systems, is increasingly well known in the West through expatriate Indian communities. Taoism has been an important influence on Western thinking, especially through the impact of the Tao Te Ching. Confucianism, less metaphysical in its principles, emphasizes family values and the role of the individual within the state. And Shinto, distinctively Japanese in character, is the most animistic of the great religions, based on a belief in numerous individual spirits. The contributors explore a great variety of topics within these religions, including: the life of the Buddha; karma and rebirth; inspiring teachers and gurus; the life of Confucius; sacred Taoist texts; the epics of the Ramayana and Mahabharata; holy landscapes, shrines, and festivals; enlightenment; and--for all the faiths--the spiritual and ethical teachings, art and architecture, sacred writings, ritual and ceremony, and death and the afterlife.

Also included are extracts from or summaries of historical texts, with author commentaries that explain the significance of each piece and place in its full context. Authoritative and accessible, Eastern Religions provides a gateway for all those in the West who wish to move one step closer to the spirit of the East.

Synopsis:

Authoritative and accessible, this fascinating volume provides a concise, illustrated introduction to five of the great religious traditions of the world--Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. 125 illustrations.

About the Author

Michael D. Coogan, the general editor, is Professor of Religious Studies at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts and Director of Publications, Harvard Semitic Museum. He is the editor of The Oxford History of the Biblical World and The New Oxford Annotated Bible (3d Edition).

The contributors:

Vasudha Narayanan (Hinduism) is Professor of Religion at the University of Florida. Malcolm David Eckel (Buddhism) is Associate Professor of Religion at Boston University. Jennifer Oldstone-Moore (Taoism and Confucianism) is Assistant Professor at Wittenberg University, Ohio. C. Scott Littleton (Shinto) is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Occidental College, Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195221916
Subtitle:
Hinduism, Buddism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto
Editor:
Coogan, Michael D.
Editor:
Coogan, Michael D.
Editor:
Narayanan, Vasudha
Editor:
Eckel, Malcolm David
Author:
null, Michael D.
Author:
Coogan, Michael D.
Editor:
Narayanan, Vasudha
Editor:
Eckel, Malcolm David
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Theology | Comparative Religion | Eastern
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Comparative Religion | Eastern
Subject:
East asia
Subject:
East Asia Religion.
Subject:
South Asia Religion.
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Comparative Religion | Eastern
Subject:
Religion-Eastern - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
morocco leather black 289RRL
Publication Date:
20050506
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9pt. type
Pages:
552
Dimensions:
5.1 x 7.6 x 1.5 in 2.013 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Authoritative and accessible, this fascinating volume provides a concise, illustrated introduction to five of the great religious traditions of the world--Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. 125 illustrations.

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