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- University of California Press 2003; US$ 15.95
Encountering Kalő explores one of the most remarkable divinities the world has seen--the Hindu goddess Kalő. 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- University of California Press 2005; US$ 63.00
This elegantly written book introduces a new perspective on Indic religious history by rethinking the role of mantra in Vedic ritual. In Bringing the Gods to Mind, Laurie Patton takes a new look at mantra as "performed poetry" and in five case studies draws a portrait of early Indian sacrifice that moves beyond the well-worn categories of "magic"... more...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- Taylor and Francis 2008; US$ 49.95
Made accessible to an English-speaking readership for the first time, this study of the sacred Sanskrit text explores how earlier tantric yogic techniques were developed and mutated into the practices of hathayoga. more...