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The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Practice

Gavin Flood


This history of Hindu religious practices examines traditions of asceticism, yoga, and devotion (bhakti), including dance and music, developed in Hinduism over a long period of time, placing the theme of practice within a broader trajectory of cultural history. Some of these practices, notably those denoted by the term yoga, are orientated towards salvation from the cycle of reincarnation and go back several thousand years, borne witness to in ancient texts called Upaniṣads, as well as in other traditions, notably early Buddhism and Jainism. Practices of meditation are also linked to asceticis ... More

Keywords: asceticism, yoga, meditation, bhakti, ritual, renunciation

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198733508
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198733508.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gavin Flood, editor
Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion, University of Oxford

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Gavin Flood

Part I Textual Sources

Part II Histories Of Practice

6 Measuring Innovation

Natalia Lidova

10 Vaiṣṇava Practice

Rembert Lutjeharms

12 Sounding Out the Divine

Richard David Williams

13 Women’s Observances

Tracy Pintchman

Part III Religious Practice and Politics in Modern Hinduism

15 Legal Yoga

Sunila S. Kale and Christian Lee Novetzke

16 The Modern Spirit of Yoga

Elizabeth De Michelis

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