Hinduism in Five Minutes - Steven W Ramey

Hinduism in Five Minutes - Steven W Ramey

68. Why is there Discrimination Based on Caste?

Hinduism in Five Minutes - Steven W Ramey

Richard S. Weiss [+-]
Victoria University of Wellington
Richard S. Weiss is Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research focusses on modern Hinduism in Tamil South India. He is the author of two books: Recipes for Immortality: Medicine, Religion and Community in South India (Oxford, 2009) and The Emergence of Modern Hinduism: Religion on the Margins of Colonialism (California, 2019).


Hinduism in Five Minutes provides an accessible and lively introduction to common questions about the practices, ideas, and narratives commonly identified as Hindu. Suitable for beginning students and the general reader, the book offers more than 60 brief essays on a wide range of fascinating questions about Hinduism and its study, such as: How did Hinduism begin? How many gods / goddesses do Hindus worship? Why do some people refer to the Bhagavad Gita as the Hindu Bible? Why do Hindus have to be vegetarian? What is the role of women in Hindu rituals? What do Hindus believe? Why are Untouchables treated differently? Why do Hindus throw colors during Holi? Is yoga Hindu? What makes arranged marriage appealing to Hindus? Do you have to be Indian to be a Hindu? Each essay is written by a leading authority and offers succinct, insightful answers along with suggestions for further reading, making the book an ideal starting point for classroom use or personal browsing.

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Weiss, Richard. 68. Why is there Discrimination Based on Caste?. Hinduism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Aug 2022. ISBN 9781800502406. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41736. Date accessed: 02 Jul 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41736. Aug 2022

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