Hinduism is rich in fascinating practices. Hinduism in Practice offers students a unique understanding of the living tradition, including discussions of well-known rituals such as the performance of 'puja' and the great festivals of Holi and Divali, to lesser known rites associated with healing or possession. Drawing on eye witness reports of Hinduism on the ground, the book provides a reflective context within which the practices can be understood and appreciated.
The chapters explore a variety of folk, village and tribal traditions, women and Hinduism, diasporic Hinduism, Hinduisma (TM)s relationship with other religions and Hinduism and politics. The contributors are authorities on their topics, and each chapter introduces a ritual or practice, describes it as the author has observed it, and examines its context and significance. All entries include photographs and a list of further reading.