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Hindu Ideas of Creation

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Hindu ideas about the creation of the universe.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Hindu ideas about Creation. According to most Western religious traditions, a deity was the original creator of the Universe. Hinduism, on the other hand, has no single creation story. For thousands of years, Hindu thinkers have taken a variety of approaches to the question of where we come from, with some making the case for divine intervention and others asking whether it is even possible for humans to comprehend the nature of creation. The origin of our existence, and the nature of the Universe we live in, is one of the richest strands of Hindu thought.

With:

Jessica Frazier
Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Kent and a Research Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies at the University of Oxford

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
Professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy at Lancaster University

Gavin Flood
Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Oxford.

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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43 minutes

Last on

Thu 5 Dec 2013 21:30

LINKS AND FURTHER READING

Jessica Frazier at the University of Kent

 

Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad at Lancaster University

 

Gavin Flood at the University of Oxford

 

BBC - Religion: Hinduism

 

Hinduism - Wikipedia

 

 

READING LIST:

 

Wendy Doniger, Hindu Myths (Penguin, 2004)

 

Gavin Flood, An Introduction to Hinduism (University of Cambridge, 1996)

 

Julius Lipner, Hindus: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (Routledge, 2010)

 

Gerhard Oberhammer (ed.), Studies in Hinduism: Vedism and Hinduism (Austrian Academy of Science Press, 1997)

 

Andre Padoux, Vāc: The Concept of the Word in Selected Hindu Tantras (SUNY Press, 1990)

 

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Jessica Frazier
Interviewed Guest Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad
Interviewed Guest Gavin Flood
Producer Thomas Morris

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