eBook Understanding India: The Culture of India, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-13: 9781615302031
  • DDC: 954
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released March 2012
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Overview

Heir to a diverse array of traditions, the Indian subcontinent boasts customs that are distinguished by a constant juxtaposition of the ancient and the modern. The omnibus culture that has resulted from a rich history reflects an accommodation of ideas from across the globe and over time. This inviting narrative examines the tapestry of major events and beliefs that imbue everyday Indian life with vitality, and it presents the remarkable achievements in writing and the arts that have influenced individuals throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: The Peoples of India and the Caste System.
2: Selected Groups.
3: Andamanese.
4: Badaga.
5: Bhil.
6: Bhutia.
7: Bodo.
8: Bohras.
9: Bundela.
10: Gond.
11: Ho.
12: Kadar.
13: Kharia.
14: Khasi.
15: Khoja.
16: Khond.
17: Koli.
18: Korku.
19: Kota.
20: Kuki.
21: Lepcha.
22: Magar.
23: Maratha.
24: Meithei.
25: Mina.
26: Mizo.
27: Munda.
28: Naga.
29: Oraon.
30: Pahari.
31: Sansi.
32: Santhal.
33: Savara.
34: Tamil.
35: Toda.
36: Caste.
37: Varnas.
38: Jatis.
39: Cultural Milieu.
40: Family and Kinship.
41: Festivals and Holidays.
42: Cuisine.
43: Clothing.
44: Sports and Recreation.
45: Media and Publishing.
46: Indian Languages and Writing Systems.
47: Indian Languages.
48: Indo-Aryan (Indic).
49: Dravidian.
50: Other Languages and Lingua Francas.
51: Indic Writing Systems.
52: Kharosthi.
53: Brahmi.
54: Gupta Scripts.
55: Grantha Alphabet.
56: Devanagari.
57: Hinduism.
58: The Term Hinduism.
59: General Nature of Hinduism.
60: The Five Tensile Strands.
61: Doctrine.
62: Practice.
63: Society.
64: Story.
65: Devotion.
66: Central Conceptions.
67: Veda, Brahmans, and Issues of Religious Authority.
68: Doctrine of Atman-Brahman.
69: Karma, Samsara, and Moksha.
70: Dharma and the Three Paths.
71: Ashramas: The Four Stages of Life.
72: Practical Hinduism.
73: Rituals, Social Practices, and Institutions.
74: Sacred Times and Festivals.
75: Cultural Expressions: Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance.
76: Hinduism and the World Beyond.
77: Hinduism and Islam.
78: Hinduism and Christianity.
79: Diasporic Hinduism.
80: Other Indigenous Indian Religions and Indian Philosophy.
81: Religions.
82: Sikhism.
83: History and Doctrine.
84: Sikh Practice.
85: Sects and Other Groups.
86: Conclusion.
87: Jainism.
88: History.
89: Important Figures of Jain Legend.
90: Doctrines of Jainism.
91: Ritual Practices and Religious Institutions.
92: Jainism and Other Religions.
93: Buddhism.
94: Buddha.
95: The Buddha's Message.
96: Expansion of Buddhism.
97: Buddhism under the Guptas and Palas.
98: The Demise of Buddhism in India.
99: Contemporary Revival.
100: Indian Philosophy.
101: Significance of Indian Philosophies in the History of Philosophy.
102: General Characteristics of Indian Philosophy.
103: A General History of Development and Cultural Background.
104: Indian Visual Arts.
105: General Characteristics of Indian Art.
106: The Unity of Indian Art.
107: The Materials of Indian Art.
108: Indian and Foreign Art.
109: Indian Art and Religion.
110: The Artist and Patron.
111: The Appreciation of Indian Art.
112: Indian Sculpture.
113: Indus Valley Civilization (c. 2500–1800 BC).
114: Maurya Period (c. 3rd Century BC).
115: Second and First Centuries BC.
116: In the First to Fourth Centuries AD.
117: Gupta Period (c. 4th–6th Centuries AD).
118: Medieval Indian Sculpture.
119: Indian Painting.
120: Prehistoric and Protohistoric Periods.
121: Ancient Wall Painting.
122: Eastern Indian Style.
123: Western Indian Style.
124: Transition to the Mughal and Rajasthani Styles.
125: Modern Period.
126: Indian Decorative Arts.
127: Pre-Islamic Period.
128: Islamic Period.
129: Indian Music.
130: Folk, Classical, and Popular Music.
131: Rural Areas.
132: Classical Music.
133: Nonclassical Music of the Cities.
134: Antiquity.
135: Vedic Chant.
136: The Classical Period.
137: Medieval Period.
138: Precursors of the Medieval System.
139: Further Development of the Grama-Ragas.
140: The Islamic Period.
141: Impact on Musical Genres and Aesthetics.
142: Theoretical Developments.
143: The Modern Period.
144: Rhythmic Organization.
145: Musical Forms and Instruments.
146: Interaction with Western Music.
147: Indian Performing Arts.
148: Indian Dance.
149: Classical Dance.
150: Folk Dance.
151: Modern Indian Dance.
152: Dance-Training Centres.
153: Indian Theatre.
154: Classical Theatre.
155: Folk Theatre.
156: Modern Theatre.
157: Indian Architecture.
158: Indus Valley Civilization (c. 2500–1800 BC).
159: The Maurya Period (c. 321–185 BC).
160: Early Indian Architecture (2nd Century BC–3rd Century AD).
161: The Gupta Period (4th–6th Centuries AD).
162: Medieval Temple Architecture.
163: North Indian Style.
164: South Indian Style.
165: Islamic Architecture of the Delhi and Provincial Sultanates.
166: Islamic Architecture of the Mughal Style.
167: European Traditions and the Modern Period.
Conclusion.
Glossary.
For Further Reading.
Index.