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Denison Journal of Religion

Abstract

This paper explores the complexities of the following question: In being Hindu, in what ways does one “practice” and in what ways does one “believe?” To what extent are ancient texts considered an un-debatable “source” for faith in divine presence? Gaining an understanding of what these texts are and how exactly they relate to both ritual and belief (because, as we will come to find, both ritual and belief are present in every facet of Hindu worship; what we are looking at is their interaction with one another and which seems to be of more importance in each given circumstance) will be instrumental to exploration of the “bigger question.”

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