Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online

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Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen (Editor-in-Chief), University of Bergen, and Helene Basu, University of Münster, Angelika Malinar, University of Zürich, Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida (Associate Editors)

Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions. Its 438 essays are original work written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism. The encyclopedia presents a balanced and even-handed view of Hinduism, recognizing the divergent perspectives and methods in the academic study of a religion that has ancient historical roots with many flourishing traditions today. Including all essays from the heralded printed edition, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism is now to be regularly updated with new articles and available in a fully searchable, dynamic digital format.

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Author(s): Franco, Eli
(Indian Materialism and Skepticism; also known as Cārvāka) The history of materialism in South Asia may be conveniently divided into two periods: preclassical and classical. In the preclassical period, a number of materialists, ethical agnostics, and skeptics appear in various sources, notably King Pāyāsi/Paesi in the Buddhist and Jaina canons, the six heretic teachers (esp. Ajita Keśakambalin) in the Śrāmaṇyaphalasūtra, and Jabāli in the Rāmāyaṇa. In this period, materialism was not yet a philosophical system, and the various materialists did not form a p…
Date: 2019-01-30


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Author(s): Narayanan, Vasudha
The lotus (bot. Nelumbo nucifera) is known by dozens of words in Sanskrit and the many languages of India, and it is probably the most popular object in traditional Indian art and architecture. The words denoting a lotus flower are ubiquitous in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain literature, and the lotus flower is prevalent in some form in most major Hindu temples and shrines. Although connected with many deities, it also has powerful appeal in secular literature and, nowadays, is the national flower of Ind…
Date: 2019-01-30