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HINDU WORLD. An Encyclopedic Survey of Hinduism (1983) by Benjamin Walker (2 Volumes)

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HINDU WORLD. An Encyclopedic Survey of Hinduism (1983) by Benjamin Walker (2 Volumes)

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WALKER, Benjamin

Hindu World. An Encyclopedic Survey of Hinduism (in two volumes)

New Delhi: Manshiram Manoharlal Publishers, 1983. First Indian Edition. Two Volumes. Hardcover. Large octavo. Blue cloth with gilt spine titles. In dust jackets. xiii + 609, ix + 696pp. 

Both volumes are in very good condition in near fine, price-clipped dust jackets. 

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First published in London in 1968, this remains one of the most exhaustive works on Hinduism, covering every aspect of Hindu life and thought. It contains a wealth of information not readily available to the general reader. It is astonishingly wide in range. Besides religion, philosophy, yoga, art, music, architecture, history and mythology, it deals in fascinating detail with scores of lesser-known subjects such as dress, diet, festivals, handicrafts, psychology, science, alchemy, magic, tantrism, medicine, erotics, dance, social observance and cult rites. There are over 700 lucidly-written articles, each of which gives a comprehensive account of the subject, and by a system of cross references interlinks all topics related to it, so that a single theme may be traced in all its ramifications through the whole book. An index of over 8000 items, which in itself forms a veritable treasury of Sanskrit terms and names, will further assist the reader in finding his or her way among the lesser topics treated in the work.