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  • 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...

  • Encyclopedia of Hinduismby Constance Jones

    Infobase Publishing 2006; US$ 75.00

    "Encyclopedia of World Religions" explores the major religions of the world, emphasizing the living faiths and their background. Each illustrated volume provides access to the theological concepts, personalities, historical events, institutions, and movements that helped shape the history of each religion and the way it is practiced. more...

  • Introduction to Ancient Iranian Religionby William W. Malandra

    University of Minnesota Press 1983; US$ 67.50

    When Persia fell to Islam in the mid-seventh century, the ancient Iranian religion of Zoroastrianism all but disappeared (although it is still practiced by small groups in India and Iran). As one of the dominant religions of antiquity, it influenced the more...

  • Studying Hinduismby Sushil Mittal; Gene Thursby

    Taylor and Francis 2009; US$ 47.95

    This book is an indispensable resource for students and researchers wishing to develop a deeper understanding of one of the world's oldest and most multifaceted religious traditions. Sushil Mittal and Gene Thursby, leading scholars in the field, have brought together a rich variety of perspectives which reflect the current lively state of the field.... more...

  • Sivaby Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty

    Oxford University Press, USA 1981; US$ 39.99

    Originally published under the title Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva, this book traces the development of an Indian approach to an enduring human dilemma: the conflict between spiritual aspirations and human desires. The work examines hundreds of related myths and a wide range of Indian texts--Vedic, Puranic, classical, modern, and... more...

  • The Variety of Local Religious Life in the Near Eastby Ted Kaizer

    BRILL 2008; US$ 166.00

    An interdisciplinary collection of articles that presents the variety of local and regional patterns of worship in the Near East, and contributes to our quest for understanding the polytheistic cults of the region as a whole. more...

  • Framing the Jinaby John Cort

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 73.99

    John Cort explores the narratives by which the Jains have explained the presence of icons of Jinas (their enlightened and liberated teachers) that are worshiped and venerated in the hundreds of thousands of Jain temples throughout India. Most of these narratives portray icons favorably, and so justify their existence; but there are also narratives... more...

  • Heroic Wives Rituals, Stories and the Virtues of Jain Wifehoodby M. Whitney Kelting

    Oxford University Press, USA 2009; US$ 74.99

    Although in Hinduism it is mainly used to refer to widow immolation, the term 'sati' means 'true woman' - a female hero. Whitney Kelting has learned that in Jainism satis appear as subjects of devotional hymns. This seems paradoxical, given that Jain spirituality is to disengage oneself from worldly existence and Jain devotionalism... more...

  • Hindu Narratives on Human Rightsby Arvind Sharma

    ABC-CLIO 2009; US$ 35.00

    Written by a leading Hindu scholar, Hindu Narratives on Human Rights is organized around specific rights, such as the right to own property, the rights of children, women's rights, and animal rights. Within these categories and in light of the questions they raise, the book provides a guided tour of Hindu narratives on ethics, ranging from the... more...

  • Light from the Eastby Frank MacHovec

    Stone Bridge Press 2005; US$ 16.95

    The most important teachings of Asian thought and religion in a single, accessible volume. more...