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Hinduism

  • Say to the Sun, "Don't Rise," and to the Moon, "Don't Set"by Anne Feldhaus; Ramdas Atkar; Rajaram Zagade

    Oxford University Press 2014; US$ 98.99

    Pastoralist traditions have long been extraordinarily important to the social, economic, political, and cultural life of western India. The Marathi-language oral literature of the Dhangar shepherds is not only one of the most important elements of the traditional cultural life of its region, but also a treasure of world literature. This volume presents... more...

  • Dancing Bodies of Devotionby Katherine C. Zubko

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 89.99

    This ethnography examines how contemporary dancers of Bharata Natyam, a traditionally Hindu storytelling dance form, embody Buddhist, Muslim, Christian and Jain narratives. These dancers choreographically adapt various religious identities and ideas in order to emphasize pluralistic cultural and ethical dimensions in their work. Through the dancing... more...

  • Poems to Sivaby Indira Viswanathan Peterson

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 49.95

    Composed by three poet-saints between the sixth and eighth centuries A.D., the Tevaram hymns are the primary scripture of the Tamil Saivism, one of the first popular large-scale devotional movements within Hinduism. Indira Peterson eloquently renders into English a substantial portion of these hymns, which provide vivid and moving portraits of the... more...

  • Ritual in an Oscillating Universeby Richard H. Davis

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Saiva liturgy is performed in a world that oscillates: a world permeated by the presence of Siva, where humans live in a condition of bondage and where the highest aim of the soul is to attain liberation from its fetters. In this account of Indian temple ritual, Richard Davis uses medieval Hindu texts to describe the world as it is envisioned by Saiva... more...

  • The Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies, Volume 6by Karl H. Potter; Sibajiban Bhattacharya

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 85.50

    Beginning in 1350, in regions that are now Bihar and Bengal in northeast India, there was produced a vast literature embodying a methodology that not only provides a high point in Indian philosophy but also became extremely influential in many other branches of Indian thought, including law, jurisprudence, and literary theory. This volume, the sixth... more...

  • Tamil Temple Mythsby David Dean Shulman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 60.95

    South India is a land of many temples and shrines, each of which has preserved a local tradition of myth, folklore, and ritual. As one of the first Western scholars to explore this tradition in detail, David Shulman brings together the stories associated with these sacred sites and places them in the context of the greater Hindu religious tradition.... more...

  • Siva's Warriorsby Velcheru Narayana Rao; Gene H. Roghair

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 42.50

    Here is the first translation into English of the Basava Purana, a fascinating collection of tales that sums up and characterizes one of the most important and most radical religious groups of South India. The ideas of the Virasaivas, or militant Saivas, are represented in those tales by an intriguing mix of outrageous excess and traditional conservatism.... more...

  • The Hare Krishnas in Indiaby Charles R. Brooks

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 35.95

    Most Americans know about the "Hare Krishnas" only from encounters in airports or from tales of their activities in the East Village and Haight-Ashbury in the 1960s. This entertaining and sensitive book deepens our knowledge by tracing the paths of those Western Hare Krishnas who eventually traveled to or lived in India. The charismatic leader of... more...

  • The Pregnant Kingby Devdutt Pattanaik

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    ?I am not sure that I am a man,? said Yuvanashva. ?I have created life outside me as men do. But I have also created life inside me, as women do. What does that make me? Will a body such as mine fetter or free me?? Among the many hundreds of characters who inhabit the Mahabharata, perhaps the world?s greatest epic and certainly one of the oldest,... more...

  • Myth = Mithyaby Devdutt Pattanaik

    Penguin Books Ltd 2014; Not Available

    A decoding of Hindu mythology Hindus have one God. They also have 330 million gods: male gods; female gods; personal gods; family gods; household gods; village gods; gods of space and time; gods for specific castes and particular professions; gods who reside in trees; in animals; in minerals; in geometrical patterns and in man-made objects. Then... more...