Author(s): Vinay Lal
A guide to the key philosophical, literary, mythological and cultural traditions of Hinduism. It explores the complexities of Hinduism's gods and goddesses, its caste system and its views on sex, everyday life and asceticism.
Vinay Lal teaches at UCLA. He writes widely on Indian history, contemporary politics, Bollywood and the Indian diaspora. Recent books include The History of History: Politics and Scholarship in Modern India (Oxford University Press, 2003). Borin Van Loon has worked on numerous Introducing titles. He is a freelance illustrator, surrealist painter and collagist who produces the comic strip 'The Severed Head' for The Chap magazine