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Product Details

  • Series: Teach Yourself: Philosophy & Religion
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 2 edition (April 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071419624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071419628
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,286,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

V.P. Hemant Kanitkar officiates as a priest for major Hindu rites of passage and was a teacher for many years.

Owen Cole is a vice president of the World Congress of Faiths .


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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Suraj Chhabria on April 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is simple and descriptive. I am a Hindu and I live in the United States. Several Americans have questioned me about my religion and sometimes I used to have a hard time explaining my answers. This book helped me to explain myself in a comprehensive way.
The book provides everday examples of rituals, traditions and ceremonies which are a day-to-day routine in an Hindu household.
In addition, the book describes the basic principles of Hinduism and the origin of these principles.
An added bonus is the role of society and the way relationships play an important role in a Hindu family.
An excellent read for Hindus and non-Hindus.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Deanna on December 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
This was one of the first books that I read about Hinduism and feel that after reading it I understand more about the religion. It's organized, simple to understand, and key ideas are mentioned over and over again. There's sections devoted to Hindu rituals in the temple and at home, the religious texts, India's history, etc. The only problem I have with it is that in some chapters Indian culture seems to be confused with Hinduism itself. For example in one chapter it says that Hindus accept abortion, yet later on it says that traditionally abortion was one of the biggest sins in Hinduism. I understand that in many religions culture gets confused with what's actually in the religious texts. I think that the author could have done a better job clarifying that. Overall I found this book to be a very good introduction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer M. Smith on January 11, 2009
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This book is very helpful for anyone wishing to know more about Hinduism. It breaks things down for anyone of any age. a Must read for those wishing to know of Hinduism.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. on March 1, 2011
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This was worth the money. The book is straightforward in its subject matter. As a student I appreciate the way the book is laid out. Excellent!
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