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Religions of Ancient India (Jordan Lectures 1951)

Renou, Louis

ISBN 10: 0836426142 / ISBN 13: 9780836426144
Published by New Dehli, India: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1972, 1972
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Hardback, 2nd edition (original edition published by the University of London / Athlone Press in 1953), Very Good in a Good, bottom corner price clipped DJ; small repaired tear to bottom edge of free front endpaper, small ink notation to top corner of front endpaper, partial light browning to half title page where a newspaper clipping had been laid in, DJ is worn with small pieces missing from back top edge and top spine end, 8vo., 139 pages., 0.0 0.0 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # 12785

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Title: Religions of Ancient India (Jordan Lectures ...

Publisher: New Dehli, India: Munshiram Manoharlal, 1972

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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This book is based on the inaugural Jordan Lecture Comparative Religion in 1951 and offers a survey of religious movements in India, past and present. Renou discusses the Veda, its rise and fall, and the state of studies of Vedic ritual, liturgy, mythology, magic, speculative thought, and secular discipline; the contribution of Vedic Upanishads to Hinduism; the Mahabharata; the expansion of Hinduism, its fertility and battle myths, eroticism, legends of the gods, cosmogonic speculations, and theories of transmigration and 'liberation'; its doctrine of meditation and exercises of Yoga; Hinduism's mosaic of sects and independent groups and their attitude to the caste system. The volume concludes with a presentation on Jainism, the ascetic, non-violent sect that has adapted to modern society.

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Louis Renou was Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Literature at the Sorbonne, France.

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