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Publisher Comments:

In this magisterial volume of essays, Wendy Doniger enhances our understanding of the ancient and complex religion to which she has devoted herself for half a century. This series of interconnected essays and lectures surveys the most critically important and hotly contested issues in Hinduism over 3,500 years, from the ancient time of the Vedas to the present day.

The essays contemplate the nature of Hinduism; Hindu concepts of divinity; attitudes concerning gender, control, and desire; the question of reality and illusion; and the impermanent and the eternal in the two great Sanskrit epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Among the questions Doniger considers are: Are Hindus monotheists or polytheists? How can atheists be Hindu, and how can unrepentant Hindu sinners find salvation? Why have Hindus devoted so much attention to the psychology of addiction? What does the significance of dogs and cows tell us about Hinduism? How have Hindu concepts of death, rebirth, and karma changed over the course of history? How and why does a pluralistic faith, remarkable for its intellectual tolerance, foster religious intolerance?

Doniger concludes with four concise autobiographical essays in which she reflects on her lifetime of scholarship, Hindu criticism of her work, and the influence of Hinduism on her own philosophy of life. On Hinduism is the culmination of over forty years of scholarship from a renowned expert on one of the world's great faiths.

Review:

"Doniger (The Hindus: An Alternative History) covers vast ground in this compendium of a lifetime of scholarship on diverse aspects of this world religion. She examines: the question of whether Hinduism is monotheistic or polytheistic; transgendered gods; reasons for intolerance in a faith often portrayed as supporting all religions; the Dalit (untouchable) class; the status of women; and the seismic impact of Edward Said's Orientalism — Doniger believes we can now move beyond damage the West has done to Asian studies to appreciate Western scholars' contributions. A fascinating chapter — one of many — describes the complicated interplay between Hinduism and Western gymnastics movements in the late 19th century that led to the development of modern yoga — less an ancient Hindu practice than a hybridizing of East and West. Religion does not develop in a vacuum, Doniger insists. Hinduism, a faith identified with a particular place and people, has responded to incursions — Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, political-imperial — to become a complex, often self-contradictory, but still discernible whole. For anyone seeking a deeper and more nuanced understanding of Hinduism, this book is a must read. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Patriarchy asserts that men are superior to women, feminism clarifies that women and men are equal, and queerness questions what constitutes male and female. One of the few people to talk frankly and sensitively about queerness and religion, celebrated Indian mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik explains that queerness isnand#8217;t only modern, Western, or sexual. Rather, by looking at the vast written and oral traditions of Hinduism, he finds many overlooked tales with queerness at their center, some over two thousand years old. Thereand#8217;s Shikhandi, who became a man to satisfy her wife; Mahadeva, who became a woman to deliver her devoteeand#8217;s child; Chudala, who became a man to enlighten her husband; Samavan, who became the wife of his male friendand#151;and many, many more.

In Shikhandi, and Other Tales They Donand#8217;t Tell You, Pattanaik recounts these stories and explores the importance of mythologies in understanding the modern Indian mindset. Playful, touching, and sometimes disturbing, when Shikhandiand#8217;s stories are compared with their Mesopotamian, Greek, Chinese, and Biblical counterparts, they reveal the unique Indian way of making sense of queerness.

and#160;

and#147;Pattanaik is a master storytellerand#8221; and#151;Bibek Debroy, translator of The Bhagavad Gita

About the Author

Wendy Doniger [O'Flaherty] graduated from Radcliffe College and received her Ph. D. from Harvard University and her D. Phil. from Oxford University. She has been a full professor in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago since 1978 and is the author of many translations of Sanskrit texts as well as books about Hindu mythology and cross-cultural mythology, particularly about illusion, animals, gender, and sex, most recently The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade, The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was, and The Hindus: An Alternative History.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Foreword into the Past

A Chronology

I. On Being Hindu

Hinduism by Any Other Name

Are Hindus Monotheists or Polytheists?

Three (or More) Forms of the Three (or More) - Fold Path in Hinduism

The Concept of Heresy in Hinduism

Eating Karma

Medical and Mythical Constructions of the Body in Sakskrit Texts

Death and Rebirth in Hinduism

Forgetting and Re-awakening to Incarnation

Assume the Position: The Fight over the Body of Yoga

The Toleration of Intolerance in Hinduism

The Politics of Hinduism Tomorrow

II. Gods, Humans and Anti-Gods

Saguna and Nirguna Images of the Deity

You Can't Get Here from There: The Logical Paradox of Hindu Creation Myths

Together Apart: Changing Ethical Implications of Hindu Cosmologies

God's Body, or, the Lingam Made Flesh: Conflicts over the Representation of Shiva

Sacrifice and Subsitution: Ritual Mystification and Mythical Demystification in Hinduism

The Scrapbook of Undeserved Salvation: The Kedara Khanda of the Skanda Purana

III. Women and Other Genders

Why Should a Brahmin Tell You Whom to Marry?: A Deconstruction of the Laws of Manu

Saranyu/Samjna: The Sun and the Shadow

The Clever Wife in Indian Mythology

Rings of Rejection and Recognition in Ancient India

The Third Nature: Gender Inversions in the Kamasutra

Bisexuality and Transsexuality Among the Hindu Gods

Transsexual Transformations of Subjectivity and Memory in Hindu Mythology

IV. Kama and other Seductions

The Control of Addiction in Ancient India

Reading the Kamasutra: It Isn't All About Sex

The Mythology of the Kamasutra

From Kama to Karma: The Resurgence of Puritanism in Contemporary India

V. Horses and Other Animals

The Ambivalence of Ahimsa

Zoomorphism in Ancient India: Humans More Bestial Than Beasts

The Mythology of Horses in India

The Submarine Mare in the Mythology of Shiva

Indra as the Stallion's Wife

Dogs as Dalits in Indian Literature

Sacred Cows and Beefeaters

VI. Illusion and Reality in the Hindu Epics

Impermanence and Eternity in Hindu Epic, Art and Performance

Shadows of the Ramayana

Women in the Mahabharata

The History of Ekalavya

VII. On Not Being Hindu

"I Have Scinde": Orientalism and Guilt

Doniger O'Flaherty on Doniger

You Can't Make an Omelette

The Forest-Dweller

Appendix I: Limericks on Hinduism

Appendix II: Essays on Hinduism by Wendy Doniger

List of Abbreviations

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780199360079
Author:
Doniger, Wendy
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Pattanaik, Devdutt
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Hinduism
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-General
Subject:
Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20140331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 halftones
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Asia » India » Ancient and General
History and Social Science » World History » India
Religion » Eastern Religions » Hinduism » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Indian Religion and Litrerature
Religion » Eastern Religions » Philosophy General

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Doniger (The Hindus: An Alternative History) covers vast ground in this compendium of a lifetime of scholarship on diverse aspects of this world religion. She examines: the question of whether Hinduism is monotheistic or polytheistic; transgendered gods; reasons for intolerance in a faith often portrayed as supporting all religions; the Dalit (untouchable) class; the status of women; and the seismic impact of Edward Said's Orientalism — Doniger believes we can now move beyond damage the West has done to Asian studies to appreciate Western scholars' contributions. A fascinating chapter — one of many — describes the complicated interplay between Hinduism and Western gymnastics movements in the late 19th century that led to the development of modern yoga — less an ancient Hindu practice than a hybridizing of East and West. Religion does not develop in a vacuum, Doniger insists. Hinduism, a faith identified with a particular place and people, has responded to incursions — Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, political-imperial — to become a complex, often self-contradictory, but still discernible whole. For anyone seeking a deeper and more nuanced understanding of Hinduism, this book is a must read. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
Patriarchy asserts that men are superior to women, feminism clarifies that women and men are equal, and queerness questions what constitutes male and female. One of the few people to talk frankly and sensitively about queerness and religion, celebrated Indian mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik explains that queerness isnand#8217;t only modern, Western, or sexual. Rather, by looking at the vast written and oral traditions of Hinduism, he finds many overlooked tales with queerness at their center, some over two thousand years old. Thereand#8217;s Shikhandi, who became a man to satisfy her wife; Mahadeva, who became a woman to deliver her devoteeand#8217;s child; Chudala, who became a man to enlighten her husband; Samavan, who became the wife of his male friendand#151;and many, many more.

In Shikhandi, and Other Tales They Donand#8217;t Tell You, Pattanaik recounts these stories and explores the importance of mythologies in understanding the modern Indian mindset. Playful, touching, and sometimes disturbing, when Shikhandiand#8217;s stories are compared with their Mesopotamian, Greek, Chinese, and Biblical counterparts, they reveal the unique Indian way of making sense of queerness.

and#160;

and#147;Pattanaik is a master storytellerand#8221; and#151;Bibek Debroy, translator of The Bhagavad Gita

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