This encyclopedic dictionary is indispensable to all those interested in Hinduism, whether specialist, student or general reader. The dictionary comprises around 2,500 romanised Sanskrit subject headings with their English equivalents, explanations and etymology. An index of English subjects with Sanskrit equivalents, and an extensive bibliography are appended.
The dictionary indexes and describes the mythology, folklore, religion, philosophy, literature and history of Hinduism over a period of more than two and a half millennia, thus dispelling many commonly held and often misguided beliefs. It reveals much of the real significance of Hinduism, which many would say shows an unsurpassed continuity and genius for analysis and synthesis.
Initially an attempt to come to terms with a persons physical environment and subsequently the mysterious world beyond it, Hinduism recognizes energy to be the ultimate source of manifestation. This comprehensive work provides an invaluable survey of the wide vista of Hinduism.
Margaret and James Stutley retired over twenty years ago to North Wales to pursue their studies. Previous to his retirement, the now late James Stutley had been an Oriental bookseller and lecturer on Chinese art. Margaret Stutley is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.