Author: Bruce M Sullivan
Publisher: Vision/Orient paperbacks
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170945216
This is a wonderful book for anyone interested in knowing or understanding the essentials of Hinduism. Equally, it is of exceptional value for modern Hindus who seek to better understand the context and background of their culture and way of life amidst rapid modernization.
The A to Z of Hinduism is a unique, quick-reference book on what is probably the word’s oldest major religion. The reach of this book is as wide as that of Hinduism itself, covering in alphabetically arranged entries:
The historical evolution of Hinduism
Cultural practices and popular beliefs
Philosophical ideas and religious thought
Mythology and rituals
Important religious figures and events
Major Hindu scriptures and concepts
Pilgrimage sites and sacred places
Hindu art, literature and architecture
The different sects and spiritual paths.
A succinct chronology provides a timeline of Hinduism’s evolution over four-and-a half millennia.
Well written…(even) the most difficult concepts are explained with refreshing lucidity…an excellent source of information on Hindu religion and culture.
-Religious Studies Review, USA
Invaluable –Rettig on Reference, USA
A marvelously useful book…Sullivan has the gift of lucid prose and a keen sense of important points needed to explain the overall importance of a topic. Masterfully selected…each entry is clearly presented and gives evidence of his deep scholarship. Highly recommended.