Wendy Doniger

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The Hindus: An Alternative ...

3.66 avg rating — 1,096 ratings — published 2009 — 15 editions
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On Hinduism

3.43 avg rating — 143 ratings — published 2013 — 10 editions
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Siva: The Erotic Ascetic

4.10 avg rating — 71 ratings — published 1973 — 2 editions
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The Implied Spider: Politic...

3.68 avg rating — 85 ratings — published 1998 — 10 editions
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Other Peoples' Myths: The C...

3.71 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 1988 — 5 editions
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Women, Androgynes, and Othe...

3.90 avg rating — 39 ratings2 editions
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Erotic Spirituality and the...

3.74 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 2003 — 3 editions
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Splitting the Difference: G...

3.73 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1999 — 3 editions
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The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex ...

3.69 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 2000 — 2 editions
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The Woman Who Pretended to ...

3.82 avg rating — 33 ratings — published 2004 — 6 editions
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“Who would not prefer animals to these people who prefer animals to people?”
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“Racism quickly came to color the English usage of the Sanskrit word arya, the word that the Vedic poets used to refer to themselves, meaning “Us” or “Good Guys,” long before anyone had a concept of race. Properly speaking, “Aryan” (as it became in English) designates a linguistic family, not a racial group (just as Indo-European is basically a linguistic rather than demographic term); there are no Aryan noses, only Aryan verbs, no Aryan people, only Aryan-speaking people. Granted, the Sanskrit term does refer to people rather than to a language. But the people who spoke *Indo-European were not a people in the sense of a nation (for they may never have formed a political unity) or a race, but only in the sense of a linguistic community.10 After all those migrations, the blood of several different races had mingled in their veins.”
Wendy Doniger, The Hindus: An Alternative History

“James Joyce, in his novel Finnegans Wake, in 1939, punned on the word “Hindoo” (as the British used to spell it), joking that it came from the names of two Irishmen, Hin-nessy and Doo-ley: “This is the hindoo Shimar Shin between the dooley boy and the hinnessy.”30 Even Joyce knew that the word was not native to India.”
Wendy Doniger, The Hindus: An Alternative History

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