By Klaus K. Klostermaier
The 3rd variation of this well-regarded advent to Hinduism provides new fabric at the religion's origins, on its family with rival traditions, and on Hindu technology.
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Vedic literature shows a population shift from the Sarasvatī (Ṛgveda) to the Ganges (Brāhmaṇas and Purāṇas) for which there is also evidence in archaeological finds. 9. The astronomical references in the Ṛgveda are based on a PleiadesKṛttika calendar of ca. 2500 bce. Vedic astronomy and mathematics were well-developed sciences: these are not features of the culture of a nomadic people. 10. The Indus cities were not destroyed by invaders but deserted by their inhabitants because of desertification of the area.
Hindus are quite capable of speaking for themselves. This is acknowledged in the Survey by letting Hindu voices speak for Hinduism and by keeping outsiders’ voices and interpretations to a minimum. Hinduism is not a “case” to be scientifically studied and to be reduced to preset categories taken from Western culture but an expression of human nature and culture to be accepted on its own terms. Part I Hinduism: Sources and Worldview The long history, the vastness, and the heterogeneity of Hinduism offer enormous challenges to each and every description of the tradition.
No theory of art can do what a visit to a place like Elephanta or Ajanta does to a sensitive person. No description can adequately express the sensation of participation in a major temple feast in a place like Madurai or Tirupati. 3 billion, that leaves a considerable number of nonHindus who in some way or other interact with the Hindu majority. The largest group, no doubt, are the Muslims. Even after partition, which was intended to give to Indian Muslims a homeland of their own in Pakistan, over 120 million Muslims live in today’s India.
A Survey of Hinduism, Third Edition by Klaus K. Klostermaier