Outline of Hinduism

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Hinduism:

Hinduism – predominant and indigenous religious tradition[1] of the Indian Subcontinent. Hinduism is known to its followers[2] as Sanātana Dharma (a Sanskrit phrase meaning "the eternal law that sustains/upholds/surely preserves"[3][4]), amongst many other expressions.[5][6] Hinduism has no single founder, and is formed of diverse traditions,[7] including a wide spectrum of laws and prescriptions of "daily morality" based on the notion of karma, dharma, and societal norms. Among its direct roots is the historical Vedic religion of Iron Age India and, as such, Hinduism is often called the "oldest living religion"[8] or the "oldest living major religion" in the world.[9][10][11][12]

Essence of Hinduism[edit]

Main article: Hinduism

Denominations of Hinduism and related topics[edit]

Smartism[edit]

Shaivism[edit]

Shaktism[edit]

Vaishnavism[edit]

Ganapatya[edit]

  • Ganesha×

People around the world worship lord ganesha. This practice may be referred as ganapatya.

Saura[edit]

Ayyavazhi[edit]

History of Hinduism[edit]

Main article: History of Hinduism

General Hinduism concepts[edit]

Science, medicine, and cosmology[edit]

Time[edit]

Hindu philosophy[edit]

Hindu texts[edit]

Traditions of Hinduism[edit]

Worship[edit]

Animals, people, places, and things in Hindu mythology[edit]

Places[edit]

Animals[edit]

Items[edit]

People[edit]

Non-human races[edit]

Daitya[edit]

See also: Daitya

Teachers[edit]

Vedanta[edit]

Bhakti[edit]

Other schools of Hindu thought[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Politics[edit]

Freedom fighters[edit]

Social leaders[edit]

Religious organisations[edit]

Other terms and concepts[edit]

Hindu lists[edit]

Main article: List of Hinduism topics

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hinduism is variously defined as a "religion", "set of religious beliefs and practices", "religious tradition" etc. For a discussion on the topic, see: "Establishing the boundaries" in Gavin Flood (2003), pp. 1-17. René Guénon in his Introduction to the Study of the Hindu doctrines (1921 ed.), Sophia Perennis, ISBN 0-900588-74-8, proposes a definition of the term "religion" and a discussion of its relevance (or lack of) to Hindu doctrines (part II, chapter 4, p. 58).
  2. ^ A Historical-developmental study of classical Indian philosophy of morals, Rajendra Prasad, Centre for Studies in Civilizations (Delhi, India), Concept Publishing Company, 2009, ISBN 81-8069-595-6, ISBN 978-81-8069-595-7
  3. ^ Hinduism that is Sanatana Dharma, R. S. Nathan, Chinmaya Mission, 1989, ISBN 81-7597-065-0, ISBN 978-81-7597-065-6
  4. ^ A conceptual-analytic study of classical Indian philosophy of morals, Rajendra Prasad, from preface of the book, Centre for Studies in Civilizations (Delhi, India), Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy, and Culture. Sub Project: Consciousness, Science, Society, Value, and Yoga, Concept Publishing Company, 2008, ISBN 81-8069-544-1, ISBN 978-81-8069-544-5
  5. ^ The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. Ed. John Bowker. Oxford University Press, 2000;
  6. ^ The term "Dharma" connotes much more than simply "law". It is not only the doctrine of religious and moral rights, but also the set of religious duties, social order, right conduct and virtuous things and deeds. As such Dharma is the Code of Ethics.[1] The modern use of the term can be traced to late 19th century Hindu reform movements (J. Zavos, Defending Hindu Tradition: Sanatana Dharma as a Symbol of Orthodoxy in Colonial India, Religion (Academic Press), Volume 31, Number 2, April 2001, pp. 109-123; see also R. D. Baird, "Swami Bhaktivedanta and the Encounter with Religions", Modern Indian Responses to Religious Pluralism, edited by Harold Coward, State University of New York Press, 1987); less literally also rendered "eternal way" (so Harvey, Andrew (2001), Teachings of the Hindu Mystics, Boulder: Shambhala, xiii, ISBN 1-57062-449-6 ). See also René Guénon, Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines (1921 ed.), Sophia Perennis, ISBN 0-900588-74-8, part III, chapter 5 "The Law of Manu", p. 146. On the meaning of the word "Dharma", see also René Guénon, Studies in Hinduism, Sophia Perennis, ISBN 0-900588-69-3, chapter 5, p. 45
  7. ^ Osborne 2005, p. 9
  8. ^ D. S. Sarma, Kenneth W. Morgan, The Religion of the Hindus, 1953
  9. ^ Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia, Merriam-Webster, 2000, p. 751 
  10. ^ in the world.Laderman, Gary (2003), Religion and American Cultures: An Encyclopedia of Traditions, Diversity, and Popular Expressions, Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, p. 119, ISBN 1-57607-238-X, "world's oldest living civilization and religion" 
  11. ^ Turner, Jeffrey S. (1996), Encyclopedia of relationships across the lifespan, Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, p. 359, ISBN 0-313-29576-X, "It is also recognized as the oldest major religion in the world" 
  12. ^ Klostermaier 1994, p. 1

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