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  • Religion Against the Selfby Isabelle Nabokov

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 60.00

    This study, based on the author's fieldwork among rural Tamil villagers in South India, focuses on the ways in which people in this society interact with the supernatural beings who play such a large role in their personal and corporate lives. more...

  • Offering Flowers, Feeding Skullsby June McDaniel

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 39.99

    In 'Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls', June McDaniel provides an overview of Bengali goddess worship or Shakti. She identifies three major forms of goddess worship, and examines each through its myths, folklore, songs, rituals, sacred texts, and practitioners, tracing these strands through Bengali culture. more...

  • Hindu Pilgrimageby Prabhavati C. Reddy

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 145.00

    In recent years, changes in religious studies in general and the study of Hinduism in particular have drawn more scholarly attention to other forms of the Hindu faith that are concretely embodied in temples, icons, artworks, rituals, and pilgrimage practices. This book analyses the phenomenon of pilgrimage as a religious practice and experience and... more...

  • Visualized Textsby Jörg Gengnagel

    Harrassowitz Verlag 2014; US$ 56.17

    The study of the history of South Asian cartography has long been interpreted based on Western cartographic traditions. Maps of the South Asian subcontinent were assumed to be produced by foreigners ? not by South Asians themselves. Maps actually produced in South Asia were neglected as a category in their own right. The present study focuses on the... more...

  • Encountering Kaliby Rachel Fell McDermott; Jeffrey John Kripal

    University of California Press 2003; US$ 15.95

    Encountering Kalõ explores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen--the Hindu goddess Kalõ. She is simultaneously understood as a blood-thirsty warrior, a goddess of ritual possession, a Tantric sexual partner, and an all-loving, compassionate Mother. more...

  • The Asrama Systemby Patrick Olivelle

    Oxford University Press 1993; US$ 134.99

    A study of the Asrama system, a Hindu construct consisting of four legitimate ways of leading a religious life. The author traces its early history and explains how Asrama gradually established connections with other Hindu religious institutions to emerge as a central tenet of the Hindu dharma. more...

  • The Life of Hinduismby John Stratton Hawley; Vasudha Narayanan

    University of California Press 2006; US$ 31.95

    The Life of Hinduism brings together a series of essays?many recognized as classics in the field?that present Hinduism as a vibrant, truly "lived" religion. Celebrating the diversity for which Hinduism is known, this volume begins its journey in the "new India" of Bangalore, India?s Silicon Valley, where global connections and local traditions rub... more...

  • Wandering with Sadhusby Sondra L. Hausner

    Indiana University Press 2007; US$ 15.95

    In this moving ethnographic portrait of Hindu renouncers -- sadhus or ascetics -- in northern India and Nepal, Sondra L. Hausner considers a paradox that shapes their lives: while ostensibly defined by their solitary spiritual practice, the stripping away of social commitments, and their break with family... more...

  • God's Gatewayby James Lochtefeld

    Oxford University Press, USA 2010; US$ 73.99

    A celebrated Hindu pilgrimage site, Hardwar lies on the river Ganges at the edge of the Himalayas. Its identity as a holy place is inextricably tied to the mythology and reality of the Ganges, and traditional sources overwhelmingly stress this connection. Virtually nothing has been written about Hardwar's history and development, although the historical... more...

  • Woman and Goddess in Hinduismby Tracy Pintchman; Rita D. Sherma

    Palgrave Macmillan 2011; US$ 95.00

    Offering multilayered explorations of Hindu understandings of the Feminine, both human and divine, this book emphasizes theological and activist methods and aims over historical, anthropological, and literary ones. The contributors approach the Feminine in Hindu traditions from the standpoint of intersubjective construction via a method that can... more...