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The Hindu Tradition: Readings in Oriental Thought

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This book, compiled from basic Hindu writings, is an exploration of the essential meaning of the Hindu tradition, the way of thinking & acting that has dominated life in India for the last 3000 years. Selections from religious, literary & philosophic works are preceded by introductory material that summarizes historical developments & cultural movements. While ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published 1972 by Vintage Books (NY) (first published February 1966)
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Erik Graff
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Hinduism fans
Recommended to Erik by: Dr. Martyn
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This book was probably assigned for Martyn's "Christian Theology, Theories of Religion and World Faiths" course at Union Theological Seminary. It wasn't a particularly good class, but the readings in this collection were eye-opening, particularly as regards their representation of the traditional "religious" justifications for caste and racial inequalities in Indian societies.

Coincidentally, the daughter of the series' editor, de Bary, was my next door neighbor in the Hastings dormitory for a ye
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Interesting commentary and review of the Vedas, gods, etc... nice introduction to the religion.
Anna Alexander
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Interesting history of the Hindu religion with a little history of India thrown in. A little dry but I'm glad I read it.
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William Theodore de Bary was an East Asian studies expert at Columbia University, with the title John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost Emeritus.

De Bary graduated from Columbia College in 1941, where he was a student in the first iteration of Columbia's famed Literature Humanities course. He then briefly took up graduate studies at Harvard before the US entered the Second Worl
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