Talk:Hinduism

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Insert a picture of a Brahmin priest[edit]

A picture of a Brahmin priest is pretty necessary.VictoriaGrayson (talk) 20:22, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

I don't see why it is "necessary", but there are plenty of images to choose from at Commons: Category:Brahmins and Category:Hindu priests in India. Paul B (talk) 17:42, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
Former seemed more knowledgeable. Something that people want to know. I will insert that one. Bladesmulti (talk) 11:18, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
I already inserted one.VictoriaGraysonTalk 15:54, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
I was talking about the photo of Amarnath. Bladesmulti (talk) 00:38, 9 September 2014 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

@Bladesmulti, Kingsindian, Kautilya3, Reddyuday, Sparkume, Presearch, Marthanon:Change "Hinduism is the dominant religion...." to "Hinduism is the dominant Dharma...."VictoriaGraysonTalk 18:04, 7 September 2014 (UTC)

Not sure why I was pinged. Is this page under some kind of protection? As to the change requested, I have no idea of the subtleties of "religion" vs "Dharma". Lacking any knowledge of the issue, I will go with "religion". Kingsindian (talk) 18:08, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
Well, "dharma" is not an English word. So, I don't think it would appropriate in the English wikipedia. In Indian languages, it has a multitude of meanings. So, that won't help either. Kautilya3 (talk) 18:10, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
Based on that logic, you might as well delete half the article.VictoriaGraysonTalk 18:39, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
Well, "religion" is the most common term used by scholars. But "dharmic tradition" or similar phrases are used by a smaller number of scholars, and perhaps a larger proportion of nonscholars (e.g., ordinary people practicing the tradition, plus relevant spiritual leaders). I don't have a sense of how common such usage is in English. But if there's a substantial usage of phrases in the manner implied by your question (e.g., if there's WP:DUE), then why not try to accommodate both? The primary or initial statement could refer to "religion". But then a follow-up sentence (or more) could say something like, "many [explain who] refer to engagement with Hinduism as following a Hindu dharma, and speak of Hinduism as the dominant dharma in India."? --Presearch (talk) 23:43, 7 September 2014 (UTC)
Those scholars use 'religion' because they have to make their studies easier for others who read them. Just like we are doing. Bladesmulti (talk) 11:08, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
"Hinduism is the dominant Dharma...." doesn't make sense to most of the readers of the English language. "Religion"of course, in many respects doesn't make sense to Hinduism, but alas, that's the term we're using now... Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 17:52, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
Part of the function of Wikipedia is to educate people about how different terms are used to describe the same thing. With regard to mere inclusion, the issue is not whether an audience is already familiar with a term, but whether a minority usage rises to the level of covering it being WP:DUE. --Presearch (talk) 18:09, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Well, it might be a good idea to explain what's being meant with "dharma", and that it's more than our narrow western understanding of "religion" as a private affair. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 07:27, 9 September 2014 (UTC)