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- Reaktion Books 2004; US$ 29.00
Drawing on years of archival research, interviews with artists and publishers, and the ethnographic study of their rural consumers, Christopher Pinney traces the intimate connections between the production and consumption of mass-produced images in India and the struggle against colonial rule. more...
- Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 24.95
Consisting of fewer than two hundred verses written in an obscure if not impenetrable language and style, Patanjali?s Yoga Sutra is today extolled by the yoga establishment as a perennial classic and guide to yoga practice. As David Gordon White demonstrates in this groundbreaking study, both of these assumptions are incorrect. Virtually forgotten... more...
- Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 16.00
From the author of The Last Mughal and Nine Lives : the classic stories he gathered during the ten years he spent journeying across the Indian subcontinent, from Sri Lanka and southern India to the North West Frontier of Pakistan. As he searched for evidence of Kali Yug, the ?age of darkness? predicted by an ancient Hindu cosmology in a final epoch... more...
- University of California Press 2008; US$ 15.95
For centuries, the Aghori have been known as the most radical ascetics in India: living naked on the cremation grounds, meditating on corpses, engaging in cannibalism and coprophagy, and consuming intoxicants out of human skulls. In recent years, however, they have shifted their practices from the embrace of ritually polluted substances to the healing... more...
- Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 26.99
Chatterji's "Anandamath" helped create the atmosphere and the symbolism for the nationalist movement leading to Indian independence in 1947. This book not only provides an English translation of this important work, but also supplies an introduction, contextualizing the novel and its cultural and political history. more...
- Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 39.50
Why does Islam play a larger role in contemporary politics than other religions? Is there something about the Islamic heritage that makes Muslims more likely than adherents of other faiths to invoke it in their political life? If so, what is it? Ancient Religions, Modern Politics seeks to answer these questions by examining the roles of Islam, Hinduism,... more...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014; US$ 30.99
In a mediation on the wisdom of the Vedas, Roberto Calasso brings ritual and sacrifice to bear on the modern world In this revelatory volume, Roberto Calasso, whom The Paris Review has called ?a literary institution,? explores the ancient texts known as the Vedas. Little is known about the Vedic people who lived more than three thousand... more...
- Indiana University Press 2010; US$ 23.75
Since ancient times, Hindus have expressed their love and devotion to their deities through beautiful ornamentation -- dressing and decorating the deities with elaborate clothing, jewelry, and flowers. In this pioneering study of temples in Vrindaban and Jaipur, India, Cynthia Packert takes readers across... more...
- Oxford University Press 2002; US$ 64.99
From meditation and fasting to celibacy and anchoritism, the ascetic impulse has been an enduring and complex phenomenon throughout history. Offering a sweeping view of this elusive and controversial aspect of religious life and culture, this book examines the ascetic impulse. more...