By Julius J. Lipner
Hinduism contains possibly the most important cluster of religio-cultural traditions of India, and it will possibly play a worthwhile function in assisting us comprehend the character of faith and human responses to existence. Hindu image-worship lies on the center of what counts for Hinduism – up-front and topic to a lot interest and false impression, but it's a defining characteristic of this phenomenon.
This booklet specializes in Hindu photos and their worship with distinctive connection with Vai??avism, a huge strand of Hinduism. Concentrating principally, yet now not completely, on Sanskritic resource fabric, the writer indicates during the ebook that Hindu image-worship can be understood through 3 degrees of interpretation: the metaphysical/theological, the narratival or mythic, and the performative or ritual. Analysing the manager philosophical paradigm underlying Hindu image-worship and its implications, the ebook exemplifies its common software and tackles, between different subject matters equivalent to the origins of image-worship in Hinduism, the transition from Vedic to photograph worship, a distinguishing characteristic of Hindu photographs: their a number of heads and limbs. eventually, in an effort to laying the grounds for a extra optimistic dialogic dating among Hinduism and the "Abrahamic" faiths, which are likely to condemn Hindu image-worship as "idolatry", the writer examines the theological rationalization and justification for embodiment of the Deity in Hinduism and discusses how Hinduism may well justify itself opposed to the sort of charge.
Rich in Indological element, and with a magnificent grab of the philosophical and theological concerns underlying Hindu fabric tradition, and image-worship, this publication might be of curiosity to lecturers and others learning theology, Indian philosophy and Hinduism.