Download E-books Criminal Gods and Demon Devotees: Essays on the Guardians of Popular Hinduism PDF

By Alf Hiltebeitel

The Hindu sacred order is guarded by means of the very gods who violate it and the demons who oppose it. This ebook is a who is who of such transgressive figures, either general and strange, displaying their position in the Hindu order that they violate. it's also a mirrored image of the intense scholarly debate over the character and composition of this Hindu order.

The chapters variety from pan-Hindu deities comparable to Bhairava and Virabhadra to mum or dad gods of particular areas and lineages and of alternative goddess cults. Chapters disguise violent topics in SAaivite hagiography, the location of Brahmans on the subject of cultic carnivorism, parent heroes in people epic, the deified lifeless, the royal mythology of a "criminal caste," and a wide-ranging evaluation of transgressive sacrality.

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Download E-books Introduction to Hindu Dharma: Illustrated PDF

By Michael Oren Fitzgerald

Comprehend actual Hinduism at once from probably the most respected Hindu non secular leaders of the 20th century. This ebook includes decisions from the greater than 2,000 discourses of Kanchi Sankaracharya (1894-1994). This booklet has the excellence of introducing either the sage and his religious legacy to the Western international within the type of an irreplaceable advent to Hinduism.

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Download E-books Beyond Hindu and Muslim: Multiple Identity in Narratives from Village India PDF

By Peter Gottschalk

Wondering the traditional depiction of India as a kingdom divided among non secular groups, Gottschalk indicates that people residing in India have a number of identities, a few of which minimize throughout spiritual limitations. The tales narrated by way of villagers dwelling within the northern kingdom of Bihar depict daily social interactions that go beyond the easy divide of Hindu and Muslim.

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Download E-books Reflections of Amma: Devotees in a Global Embrace PDF

By Amanda J. Lucia

Globally often called Amma, which means "Mother," Mata Amritanandamayi has built a major transnational humanitarian association dependent in hugs. She is customary to thousands because the “hugging saint,” a moniker that derives from her difficult darshan courses in which approximately on a daily basis 10000 everyone is embraced through the guru one after the other, occasions that often final ten to 20 hours with none leisure for her. even supposing she was once born in 1953 as a low-caste lady in a South Indian fishing village, at the present time hundreds of thousands revere her as guru and goddess, a dwelling embodiment of the divine on earth.

Reflections of Amma makes a speciality of groups of Amma’s devotees within the usa, displaying how they undertaking to reflect their guru’s behaviors and rework themselves to emulate the ethos of the circulate. This learn argues that “inheritors” and “adopters” of Hindu traditions otherwise interpret Hindu goddesses, Amma, and her relation to feminism and women’s empowerment as a result of their inherited non secular, cultural, and political inclinations. during this insightful ethnographic research, Amanda J. Lucia discovers how the politics of yankee multiculturalism reifies those cultural transformations in “de facto congregations,” although Amma’s include makes an attempt to erase communal limitations in prefer of worldwide unity.

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Download E-books The God Market: How Globalization is Making India More Hindu PDF

By Meera Nanda

Traditional knowledge says that integration into the worldwide market has a tendency to weaken the ability of conventional religion in constructing international locations. yet, as Meera Nanda argues during this path-breaking ebook, this is often infrequently the case in trendy India. opposed to expectancies of growing to be secularism, India has as an alternative noticeable a extraordinary intertwining of Hinduism and neoliberal ideology, spurred on by way of a transforming into capitalist category. it's this "State-Temple-Corporate Complex," she claims, that now wields decisive political and monetary energy, and offers ideological conceal for the dismantling of the Nehru-era state-dominated economic system. based on this new good judgment, India's fast monetary development is because of a different "Hindu mind," and it's what separates the nation's Hindu inhabitants from Muslims and others deemed to be "anti-modern." accordingly, Hindu associations are exchanging public ones, and the Hindu "revival" itself has turn into large company, a big resource of capital accumulation. Nanda explores the roots of this improvement and its attainable destiny, in addition to the fight for secularism and socialism within the world's second-most populous kingdom.

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Download E-books Ritual Participation and Interreligious Dialogue: Boundaries, Transgressions and Innovations PDF

Shared ritual practices, multi-faith celebrations, and interreligious prayers have gotten more and more universal within the united states and Europe as extra humans adventure spiritual range first hand. whereas ritual participation should be obvious as a robust expression of interreligious unity, it additionally consists of with it demanding situations of a very delicate nature. notwithstanding celebrating and worshiping jointly can improve interreligious relatives, cross-riting can also lead a few believers to query if it is applicable to have interaction within the rituals of one other religion neighborhood. a few believers may perhaps reflect on cross-ritual participation as irrelevant transgressive behaviour.

Bringing jointly major foreign individuals and voices from a couple of spiritual traditions, Ritual Participation and Interreligious discussion delves into the complexities and intricacies of the phenomenon. They ask: what are the guarantees and perils of celebrating and praying jointly? What are the boundaries of formality participation? How will we make feel of emotions of soreness while getting into the sacred area of one other religion group? the 1st ebook to target the lived dimensions of interreligious discussion via ritual participation instead of textual or doctrinal concerns, this cutting edge quantity opens a wholly new perspective.

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Download E-books A Student's Guide to the History and Philosophy of Yoga, Revised Edition PDF

By Peter Connolly

The be aware yoga evokes within the minds of many Westerners pictures of individuals acting routines and adopting strange, contortive postures. Such workouts and postures do have a spot in the perform of yoga, however it is far greater than that. certainly, the early literature on yoga describes and defines it as a sort of psychological instead of actual self-discipline. Yoga is usually linked to the Indian subcontinent and the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. This revised version of a vintage textbook concentrates at the evolution of yoga within the context of Indian tradition, even if the ultimate chapters additionally discover its hyperlinks with non-Indian mystical traditions and its advancements open air India in the course of the glossy interval. The ebook is aimed toward either collage scholars taking classes in comparative faith and philosophy and practitioners of yoga who search to head past the task and discover its non secular dimensions. It offers yoga within the context of its ancient evolution in India and explains the character of its institutions with quite a few metaphysical doctrines. It additionally attracts on a couple of conceptual schemes designed to facilitate comparative examine. a few of these are hired through the e-book to hyperlink the cloth from every one bankruptcy inside a typical framework. This variation comprises revisions and expansions to such a lot chapters and incorporates a new bankruptcy at the way forward for smooth yoga within the West.

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Download E-books Thus Have I Seen: Visualizing Faith in Early Indian Buddhism PDF

By Andy Rotman

Even if Buddhism is usually depicted as a faith of meditators and philosophers, many of the earliest writings extant in India supply a really diverse portrait of the Buddhist practitioner. In Indian Buddhist narratives from the early centuries of the typical period, such a lot lay non secular perform is composed no longer of interpreting, praying, or meditating, yet of visually attractive with definite varieties of items. those visible practices, in addition, are represented because the basic technique of cultivating religion, an important precondition for continuing alongside the Buddhist non secular course. In Thus Have I noticeable: Visualizing religion in Early Indian Buddhism, Andy Rotman examines those visible practices and the way they functionality as one of those skeleton key for beginning up Buddhist conceptualizations in regards to the international and the methods it may be navigated.
Rotman's research is predicated totally on tales from the Divyavadana (Divine Stories), some of the most vital collections of historical Buddhist narratives from India. although discourses of the Buddha are renowned for his or her commencing phrases, "thus have I heard" - for Buddhist teachings have been first preserved and transmitted orally - the Divyavadana offers a truly varied version for disseminating the Buddhist dharma. Devotees are enjoined to appear, not only listen, and visible legacies and lineages are proven to trump their oral opposite numbers. As Rotman makes transparent, this configuration of the visible essentially transforms the area of the Buddhist practitioner, altering what one sees, what one believes, and what one does.

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Download E-books Sati, the Blessing and the Curse: The Burning of Wives in India PDF

Numerous years in the past in Rajasthan, an eighteen-year-old girl used to be burned on her husband's funeral pyre and therefore turned sati. sooner than ascending the pyre, she was once anticipated to bring either benefits and curses: benefits to protect her kin and extended family for plenty of generations, and curses to avoid someone from thwarting her wish to die. Sati additionally skill blessing and curse in a broader feel. to those that revere it, sati symbolizes final loyalty and self-sacrifice. It usually figures close to the center of a Hindu id that feels embattled in a latest international. but to those that deplore it, sati is a curse, a contravention of each woman's womanhood. it really is homicide mystified, and as such, the logo of accurately what Hinduism are usually not be.

In this quantity a bunch of top students contemplate the numerous meanings of sati: in India and the West; in literature, paintings, and opera; in faith, psychology, economics, and politics. With participants who're either Indian and American, it is a surely binational, postcolonial dialogue. individuals comprise Karen Brown, Paul Courtright, Vidya Dehejia, Ainslie Embree, Dorothy Figueira, Lindsey Harlan, John Hawley, Robin Lewis, Ashis Nandy, and Veena Talwar Oldenburg.

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