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Hinduism's Influence on Health in the Family

  • By: Subrata Chattopadhyay
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Hinduism represents a millennia-old ancient but vibrant religiocultural tradition of the world. The notions, concepts, and ideas of life and death and health and disease have found important places in Hindu scriptures. A distinct body of knowledge about health and well-characterized system of medicine known as Ayurveda originated from the Atharvaveda, the last of the four Vedas, which are the most ancient sacred texts of not only Hindus but all humanity. In addition to Hindu scriptures and Ayurveda, lived experiences and especially teachings of religious teachers (guru, acharya) have significantly contributed to knowledge about health and sickness. Historically, family has remained the backbone of traditional Hindu culture and usually consists of children, parents, and grandparents. The purpose of this discussion is to increase understanding of ...

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