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This book provides a much-needed thematic and historical introduction to Hinduism, the religion of the majority of people in India. Dr Flood traces the development of Hindu traditions from their ancient origins and the major deities to the modern world. Hinduism is discussed as both a global religion and a form of nationalism. Emphasis is given to the tantric traditions, which have been so influential; to Hindu ritual, more fundamental than beliefs or doctrines; and to Dravidian influencesn. Some debates within contemporary scholarship are introduced. Contents 1. Points of departure 2. Ancient origins 3. Dharma 4. Yoga and renunciation 5. Narrative traditions and early Vaisnavism 6. The love of Visnu 7. Saiva and tantric religion 8. The Goddess and Sákta traditions 9. Hindu ritual 10. Hindu theology and philosophy 11. Hinduism and the modern world. Printed Pages: 341.