Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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Jones, William

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_182-1


William Jones, a polyglot, Orientalist, Sanskritist, translator, and poet, worked and lived in Colonial India as a Bengal Court Judge in the East India Company between 1783 and 1794. His poetical and prose works introduced Hinduism to the British and consequently influenced British literature from 1784 to 1812. Jones published quite extensively, focusing particularly on religion, philosophy, and the ancient mythological works of Hindu law, and his publications include translations, prose works, and poetic compositions influenced directly or indirectly by Hinduism [1]. Further, the impact of his works is also found on the works of later Romantic writers, including Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Southey, and William Blake.

However, prior to Jones translator Charles Wilkins translated the Bhagavad Gita, showing the virtues of Hinduism, to which Warren Hastings, the Governor-General of Bengal between 1773 and 1785, lauded and appreciated it as a work of great originality and...

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    Johnson KA (2010) Sir William Jones and Representations of Hinduism in British Poetry, 1784–1812. PhD Dissertation, Department of English and Related Literature, University of York)Google Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Humanities & Social Sciences – Languages & LiteratureShri Mata Vaishno Devi UniversityKatraIndia