What Is Hinduism? Modern Adventures into a Profound Global Faith

Himalayan Academy Publications, Manufactured by magazine. Himalayan Academy $39.95 (416p) ISBN 978-1-934145-00-5

Created by the editors of Hinduism Today working alongside various experts and gurus, this textbook is geared as an "insider's look" at the diverse beliefs, practices, cultural expectations and schools of Hinduism. Its expected audience is those who are Hindu already, with articles including "How to Win an Argument with a Meat-Eater," "Raising Children as Good Hindus" and "Hinduism, the Greatest Religion in the World." But much of the information will be applicable and helpful to non-Hindus as well, including "Ten Questions People Ask About Hinduism... and Ten Terrific Answers!" As a textbook, this guide can be dense and heavy, with too much tiny text that falls into the gutter of the book and is often difficult to read. Some of the full-color illustrations and photographs are spectacular, but entirely missing are the maps, charts, graphs and sidebars that most textbooks use to convey information visually. The back of the book features a brief glossary of Sanskrit and English terms, and a very funny assembly of cartoons about Hinduism. Although the guide will best be appreciated by readers with some knowledge of Hinduism, all will enjoy the personal stories and lavish illustrations sprinkled throughout. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/26/2007
Release date: 05/01/2007
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