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The Cosmic Dance of Obama-Raja on Newsweek
This article discusses an image that appears on the front cover of Newsweek magazine that depicts President Barack Obama in the cosmic dance pose of the Hindu deity Lord Nataraja (some have called it the Obama-Raja posture). Within a matter of hours after Newsweek depicted this image on its website, several Hindu organizations, Hindu websites, Hindus on social media sites, started reacting to this portrayal of one of their major gods. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc29810/
Ten Key Hindu Environmental Teachings
This article discusses diverse theologies in Hinduism and describes ten important Hindu teachings on the environment. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc29809/
The Hindu Method to Save the Planet
This paper discusses the Hindu religion and elements of ecology that relate to this religion. It describes some of the principles of Mahatma Gandhi and describes how these are important spiritually and ecologically. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc29811/
Swadhyaya's Dharmic Ecology
This paper is a summary of an essay by the author titled "Dharmic Ecology: Perspectives from the Swadhyaya Practitioners". It discusses the Swadhyayis and their Vrksamandiras, or tree-temples, and dharmic ecology. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc29808/
Bishnoi: An Eco-Theological "New Religious Movement" In The Indian Desert
This article discusses the authors fieldwork with the Bishnois. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc29807/
Irony and the 'yoga wars'
This article discusses the debated topic of whether yoga is a Hindu or Secular practice. It discusses the word Hindu and and some misconceptions about Hinduism, the root of yoga, and the potential causes and impacts of how and why this subject is being debated. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc30423/
Jainism, Dharma, and Environmental Ethics
This article discusses the absence of a formal category of environmental ethics in Jainism and explores Jainism's historical relationship to environmental ethics. It also compares Jainist perspectives on the consumption of natural resources with other lifestyles. From the few examples of Jain "environmentalism", this article also seeks to redefine the categories such as "religion" and "environmental ethics", especially as they are applied to the non-Western parts of the world such as the Jains in India. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc30424/
Improving Student Success: Researching How Students Use Electronic Library Resources
This paper presents a research study conducted at UNT. The UNT Libraries partnered with the Department of Anthropology at UNT to conduct ethnographic research of how UNT students use the electronic library services. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc32899/
Improving Student Success: Researching How Students Use Electronic Library Resources
This paper presents a research study conducted at UNT. The UNT Libraries partnered with the Department of Anthropology at UNT to conduct ethnographic research of how UNT students use the electronic library services. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc32898/
Improving Student Success: Researching How Students Use Electronic Library Resources
This presentation presents a research study conducted at UNT. The UNT Libraries partnered with the Department of Anthropology at UNT to conduct ethnographic research of how UNT students use the electronic library services. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc32886/
Improving Student Success: Researching How Students Use Electronic Library Resources
This presentation presents a research study conducted at UNT. The UNT Libraries partnered with the Department of Anthropology at UNT to conduct ethnographic research of how UNT students use the electronic library services. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc32888/
Indology and Marxist Hermeneutics
This article discusses Indology and Marxist Hermeneutics. Although Indian civilization has been one of the most extensively researched fields in the Western Humanities departments, it remains one of the most misinterpreted subjects. Scholars have applied various theories and methods to study this ancient field. However, often their analyses and interpretations fail to do justice to this complex tradition. In the name of "scientific objectivity", they have often applied their own subjective bias. In this paper, I endeavor to demonstrate how the theories of Marx have misinterpreted Indian culture. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc36302/
[Review] Biodivinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism
This book review discusses 'Biodivinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism' by Emma Tomalin, a book about religion and ecology. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc36299/
[Review] Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition
This book review discusses 'Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition' by Bhaskar Sarkar. The book examines the political truncation of India at the end of British colonial rule in 1947. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc36294/
The Dharmic Method to Save the Planet
This article discusses environmentalism and ways in which dharmic methods can help save the planet. While most Americans are familiar with the terms such as "yoga" and "Bollywood," Indian perspectives toward the ecology seem to be largely unknown. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38892/
Bollywood and Beyond: Hinduism Changing the World
This article discusses Hinduism. The ideals of Hinduism, such as pluralism, dharma, ritam, and nonviolence hold important lessons for the future of Hinduism in particular and for humanity in general. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38887/
Reinterpreting Yaj├▒a as Vedic Sacrifice
This paper is about reinterpreting yajna as Vedic sacrifice. Vedic rituals, yajnas, were one of the most important socio-religious activities in Vedic India. In this article, the author endeavors to problematize the term "sacrifice," which is often used to translate the word yajna in Indological writings. Although Monier-Williams (MW) dictionary defines yajnas as - "worship, devotion, prayer, praise; act of worship or devotion, offering, oblation, sacrifice (the former meanings prevailing in Veda, the latter in post-Vedic literature)", some of the primary meanings of the word yajna seem to have been sidelined with the scholarly emphasis on "sacrifice" as the chief interpretation. Several Vedicists have already expressed their disapprovals with equating yajna with sacrifice. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38897/
Renunciation and Non-Renunciation in Indian Films
This article reviews the renunciation and non-renunciation in Indian films. Renunciation is one of the most widely studied subjects among Indic traditions. The image of a half-naked ascetic with a stick in one hand and a begging bowl in other has captured the attention of scholars more often than the mundane householder. Whereas the ascetic captured the imagination with his (and sometimes her) individualistic spirit rebelling against the maligned caste hierarchy, the householder has been seen as a poor creature living a routine life according to the rules dictated by the caste (varna) and the stage in life (ashrama). The author reviews several films to analyze the portrayal of ascetics and householders, but cannot claim that the review is encyclopedic because there are so many films with variations on this theme. All of the films introduced here were made by Indian filmmakers except for two Hollywood films, the Householder (1963) and Siddhartha (1972), that were filmed in India with an Indian cast and story. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38893/
Dharmic Ecology: Perspectives from the Swadhyaya Practitioners
This article discusses dharmic ecology. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc38896/
Cultural Memory and Heirloom Seeds: The Foundation of Local Food Systems
This presentation is part of the faculty lecture series UNT Speaks Out on the Food We Eat. This presentation discusses heirloom seeds and covers information about the Foundation of Local Food Systems. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67605/