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Document Type(s):Book
Book Title:Hinduism: The Anthropology of a Civilization
Author(s):Biardeau, Madeleine
Publisher Name:Oxford University Press
Place of Publication:Delhi
Date of Publication:1989
Annotation:This book seeks to present India’s diverse culture and history as a unified totality in the form of “Hindu civilization” or a common and identifiable “Hindu way of life.” Biardeau argues that the term “Hinduism” refers to select readings of the Vedas and their structural organization that support, adapt, and maintain the orthodox Brahmanism that lies at the heart of Hindu civilization. Concluding with a discussion of the encounter between India and the West, she wonders about the future potential of Hindu civilization to resist, adapt, or respond to the pressures of modernity and consumerism.
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