The Hindu international is the main whole, authoritative and updated one-volume consultant to Hindu religion and tradition on hand this present day. With twenty-four devoted chapters written by means of the world's major Hinduism students, it elucidates the historical past, philosophy and perform of 1 of the world's nice non secular traditions. the ideal reference for all scholars of Hinduism, it's perfect for either for introductory-level learn and to be used as a definitive reference resource. Proving beneficial for its wealth of ancient fabric, moreover, The Hindu international additionally deals new insights into all facets of Hindu lifestyles, starting from the devotional texts of the Vedas and Ramayana to present views on dharma and kama, temple structure, sacred foodstuff, ritual, caste, cosmic philosophy, background and modernization.
The Hindu international emphasizes Hinduism's classical history and day-by-day perform in addition to modern methods to Hindu scholarship. Exploring the large range of Hindu devotion when contemplating Hinduism's educational prestige as a class for research, the booklet achieves a particular artistic stability among the ideals and values of Hindus themselves, and scholarly 'outsider' views.

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13 In contrast to temple functionaries generally, most of the healers operating in Mehndipur are extremely charismatic. Many of them become possessed by benevolent spirits (duts), which are frequently said to be messengers and servants of Balaji. Indeed, some healers claim that the monkey god himself also possesses them. Those who do not become possessed usually work with a medium, a person through whom a curer communicates with helpful spirits as well as with malevolent ghosts. All practitioners, whether they become possessed or not, are known as bhagats.

4 Ailments that are ascribed to the work of supernatural agents in fact are clearly distinguished by pilgrims from ailments that are said to arise as a result of factors such as faulty diet or faulty regimen; and when an illness does not respond to allopathic medicine and/or to a variety of traditional therapies, this itself is taken as a sign that supernaturals are likely to be involved. The logic of attribution here, however, should not be seen as some kind of unscientific lapse in native thought, as involving a flight into the irrational (cf.

A diverted) sorcery attack. In the former case, person A is said to be harmed by his or her enemy, person B. In the latter case, by contrast, person C, who is an essentially innocent victim, is injured; and this is thought to occur because B may try to get at A by afflicting C, or because the third party in the triad is harmed inadvertently. Now, with respect to pilgrims interviewed in Mehndipur, sorcery was suspected or identified as the cause of adversity equally by both men and women, though married persons claimed to be the object of direct 28 S U P E R N AT U R A L M A L A I S E A N D A F F L I C T I O N attack far more than single persons.

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