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John Stratton Hawley and Vasudha Narayanan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249134

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249134.001.0001

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· The Deity

· The Deity

The Image of God

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The Life of Hinduism

John Stratton Hawley

Vasudha Narayanan

University of California Press

This chapter takes a closer look at the aspect of Hindu practice that has always been most difficult for Muslims, Christians, and Jews to fathom: the meaning of worshiping an image—indeed, many images—and also examines what people think of worshipping an image or worshipping through an image. The vivid variety of Hindu deities is visible everywhere in India. Rural India is filled with countless wayside shrines. In every town of some size there are many temples, and every major temple may contain its own panoply of shrines and images.

Keywords:   image worship, Muslims, Christians, Hindu practice, rural India

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