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Hindu Images and Their Worship With Special Reference to Vaisnavism : A Philosophical-theological

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Hinduism comprises the majority religio-cultural traditions of India, and the term represents the faith of millions of Hindus in many other parts of the world. Hinduism can also play a valuable role in helping us understand the nature of religion and human responses to life, not least in lively and instructive contrast to the beliefs and practices of the so-called Abrahamic faiths. Hindu image-worship lies at the core of what counts for "Hinduism"– up-front and subject to much curiosity and misunderstanding. It is a defining feature of the tradition.

This book provides a philosophical-theological rationale for Hindu image-worship, with special reference to Vai??ava traditions. It offers a comprehensive account of the philosophical and theological rationale of such belief and practice in Hinduism. The author concentrates mainly, but not exclusively, on Sanskritic source material to show that image-worship may be understood via three levels of interpretation - the metaphysical/theological, narratival or mythic, and performative.

Rich in Indological detail, and with an impressive grasp of the philosophical and theological issues underlying materiality, worship, and image worship, this book will be of interest to academics studying theology, Indian philosophy and Hinduism.

Number of Pages: 250
Genre: Social Science
Series Title: Routledge Hindu Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Julius Lipner
Language: English
Street Date: April 27, 2017
TCIN: 51703371
UPC: 9781138291133
Item Number (DPCI): 248-32-6055
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