Category: Hinduism

  • Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious by Gananath Obeyesekere

    By Gananath Obeyesekere

    The good pilgrimage middle of southeastern Sri Lanka, Kataragama, has develop into in recent times the religious domestic of a brand new classification of Hindu-Buddhist non secular devotees. those ecstatic clergymen and priestesses normally demonstrate lengthy locks of disheveled hair, they usually exhibit their devotion to the gods via fireplace jogging, tongue-piercing, putting on hooks, and trance-induced prophesying.The expanding acclaim for those ecstatics poses a problem not just to orthodox Sinhala Buddhism (the authentic faith of Sri Lanka) but in addition, as Gananath Obeyesekere exhibits, to the conventional anthropological and psychoanalytic theories of symbolism. Focusing first and foremost on one image, disheveled hair, Obeyesekere demonstrates that the traditional contrast among own and cultural symbols is insufficient and naive. His distinctive case reviews of ecstatics exhibit that there's continuously a reciprocity among the personal-psychological size of the logo and its public, culturally sanctioned function. Medusa's Hair hence makes an enormous theoretical contribution either to the anthropology of person adventure and to the psychoanalytic knowing of tradition. In its analyses of the symbolism of guilt, the adaptational and integrative value of trust in spirits, and a bunch of similar concerns touching on ownership states and religiosity, this ebook marks a provocative enhance in mental anthropology.
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  • Introducing Hinduism: A Graphic Guide by Vinay Lal, Borin Van Loon

    By Vinay Lal, Borin Van Loon

    "Introducing Hinduism" deals a advisor to the foremost philosophical, literary, mythological and cultural traditions of this terribly diversified religion. It untangles the complexities of Hinduism's gods and goddesses, its caste method and its perspectives on intercourse, way of life and asceticism. This paintings solutions questions together with: Why do Hindus revere the cow? needs to Hindus be vegetarian? and lots more and plenty more...
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  • The Bhagavad-Gita: Krishna's Counsel in Time of War

    Author note: Barbara Stoler Miller (Translator)

    The Bhagavad-Gita has been a vital textual content of Hindu tradition in India because the time of its composition within the first century A.D.

    One of the nice classics of global literature, it has encouraged such different thinkers as Henry David Thoreau, Mahatma Gandhi, and T.S. Eliot; such a lot lately, it shaped the middle of Peter Brook's celebrated creation of the Mahabharata.

    About the Translator
    Until her demise in 1993, Barbara Stoler Miller was once Samuel R. Mil- financial institution Professor of Asian and heart japanese Cultures at Barnard collage, Columbia collage. a number one translator of Sanskrit liter- ature and good versed in Indian track and artwork, Dr. Miller edited and translated various works of poetry and drama.

    Her translations in- clude Love tune of the darkish Lord, a verse translation and examine of the medieval Indian spiritual erotic poem Gitagovinda, and Yoga: self-discipline of Freedom, a translation of the Yoga Sutra attributed to Patanjali. Dr. Miller studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Barnard collage and held a doctorate in Sanskrit and Indic reviews from the collage of Pennsylvania. She taught at Barnard for twenty-five years.
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  • Gandhi in Political Theory: Truth, Law and Experiment by Anuradha Veeravalli

    By Anuradha Veeravalli

    Can Gandhi be thought of a scientific philosopher? whereas the importance of Gandhia is assumed and lifestyles to our instances is indisputable it really is commonly assumed that he didn't serve any self-discipline and can't be thought of a scientific philosopher. regardless of an overpowering physique of scholarship and literature on his existence and idea the presuppositions of Gandhia is experiments, the systematic nature of his intervention in sleek political idea and his procedure haven't formerly got sustained recognition. Addressing this lacuna, the ebook contends that Gandhia is critique of recent civilization, the presuppositions of post-Enlightenment political idea and their epistemological and metaphysical foundations is either entire and systematic. Gandhia is experiments with fact within the political enviornment in the course of the Indian Independence circulate are studied from the viewpoint of his wakeful engagement with process and idea instead of simply as a private creed, non secular place or ethical dedication. the writer exhibits how Gandhia is experiments are illustrative of his theoretical place, and the way they shape the root of his competition to the principles of recent western political conception and the presuppositions of the trendy state country in addition to envisioning the principles of an alternate modernity for India, and through its instance, for the world.

    'Anuradha Veeravalli offers us with a provocative research of Gandhi's political concept. Gandhi is noticeable as a scientific philosopher who rejects the various dualisms that dominate a lot smooth political idea. the writer not just is familiar with her Gandhi rather well but additionally demonstrates a willing command of Western political thinkers. during this booklet, Gandhi takes on not just British colonialism but in addition the Enlightenment and the fashionable country state.'Ronald Terchek, Professor Emeritus, collage of Maryland, united states
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  • Thus Have I Seen: Visualizing Faith in Early Indian Buddhism by Andy Rotman

    By Andy Rotman

    Even supposing Buddhism is frequently depicted as a faith of meditators and philosophers, the various earliest writings extant in India provide a really varied portrait of the Buddhist practitioner. In Indian Buddhist narratives from the early centuries of the typical period, so much lay non secular perform is composed now not of studying, praying, or meditating, yet of visually attractive with yes forms of gadgets. those visible practices, in addition, are represented because the basic technique of cultivating religion, an important precondition for continuing alongside the Buddhist non secular direction. In Thus Have I Seen: Visualizing religion in Early Indian Buddhism, Andy Rotman examines those visible practices and the way they functionality as one of those skeleton key for commencing up Buddhist conceptualizations in regards to the global and the methods it's going to be navigated. Rotman's research is predicated totally on tales from the Divyavadana (Divine Stories), some of the most very important collections of historic Buddhist narratives from India. although discourses of the Buddha are renowned for his or her starting phrases, ''thus have I heard'' - for Buddhist teachings have been first preserved and transmitted orally - the Divyavadana provides a really various version for disseminating the Buddhist dharma. Devotees are enjoined to seem, not only listen, and visible legacies and lineages are proven to trump their oral opposite numbers. As Rotman makes transparent, this configuration of the visible essentially transforms the area of the Buddhist practitioner, altering what one sees, what one believes, and what one does.
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  • God of Justice: Ritual Healing and Social Justice in the by William S Sax

    By William S Sax

    God of Justice bargains with ritual therapeutic within the critical Himalayas of north India, targeting the cult of Bhairav, a neighborhood deity linked to the bottom castes, who're usually sufferers of social injustice. once they are exploited or abused they generally flip to Bhairav for justice, beseeching him to afflict their oppressors with ailment and misfortune. with a purpose to convey their pain to an finish, the oppressors needs to make amends with their sufferers and worship Bhairav including them. a lot of the booklet makes a speciality of the stress among the excessive ethical worth put on kinfolk solidarity at the one hand, and the inevitable conflicts inside it at the different. This hugely readable e-book describes the author's personal reports within the box in addition to ritual therapeutic practices equivalent to divination, sacrifice, and exorcism.
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  • The Samnyasa Upanisads: Hindu Scriptures on Asceticism and by Patrick Olivelle

    By Patrick Olivelle

    The 1st readable and actual translation of twenty of the main authoritative Hindu files touching on ascetic beliefs and the ascetic lifestyle, this article opens to scholars a big resource for the research of the Hindu ascetical associations and of the old adjustments they underwent in the course of a interval of 1000 years or extra. starting with an research of the ancient context that gave upward thrust to Indian ascetical associations and ideologies, Patrick Olivelle strikes directly to elucidate the which means of renunciation--the principal establishment of holiness in such a lot Hindu traditions--and the functionality and value of a few of the parts that represent the ceremony of renunciation. The Samnyasa Upanisads should be an unprecedented resource of knowledge and perception for college kids of Hinduism and Indian eticism, mysticism, and holiness.
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