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Buddha in Sri Lanka
Buddha in Sri Lanka (September 2006)
Remembered Yesterdays
Swarna Wickremeratne - Author
George D. Bond - Foreword by

.Combining memoir, history, and present-day narrative, this book describes how Buddhism is lived in Sri Lanka.

This book provides both an erudite and intimate look at how Buddhism is lived in Sri Lanka. While India is known as the birthplace of Buddhism, Sri Lanka is its other home; Buddhism extends back over twenty-five hundred years on the island and remains at the center of its spiritual traditions and cult...(Read More)
 
 
Gender and Story in South India
Gender and Story in South India (September 2006)
Leela Prasad - Editor
Ruth B. Bottigheimer - Editor
Lalita Handoo - Editor

Indian women scholars present and discuss tales about women, bringing new insights about gender and the moral universe of the folk narrative.

Gender and Story in South India presents exciting ethnographic research by Indian women scholars on Hindu and Muslim women-centered oral narratives. The book is unique for its geographic and linguistic focus on South India, for its inclusion of urban and rural l...(Read More)
 
 
Dealing with Deities
Dealing with Deities (April 2006)
The Ritual Vow in South Asia
Selva J. Raj - Editor
William P. Harman - Editor

Explores the practice of taking ritual vows in South Asia, a lay tradition prevalent in the region’s religions.

Drawing on original field research, Dealing with Deities explores the practice of taking ritual vows in the lives of ordinary religious practitioners in South Asia. The cornerstone of lay religious activity, vow rituals are adopted by Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Jains, and S...(Read More)
 
 
The Demon's Daughter
The Demon's Daughter (March 2006)
A Love Story from South India
Velcheru Narayana Rao - Translation and afterword by
Pingali Suranna - Author

This sixteenth-century work has a modern sensibility, presenting characters' inner worlds and understanding love as the fullest realization of the individual.

The Demon's Daughter (Prabhavati-pradyumnamu) is a sixteenth-century novel by the south Indian poet Pingali Suranna, originally written in Telugu, the language of present-day Andhra Pradesh. Suranna begins with a story from classical Hindu mythology in whi...(Read More)
 
 
God of Desire
God of Desire (November 2005)
Tales of Kamadeva in Sanskrit Story Literature
Catherine Benton - Author

Presents Kamadeva, the Hindu god of desire, in tales, art, and ritual. Also covers Kamadeva's appearance in Buddhist lore.

God of Desire
presents Sanskrit tales of the Indian deity Kamadeva as he battles the ascetic god Siva, assists the powerful goddess Devi, and incarnates as the charming son of Krsna. Exploring the imagery and symbolism of the god of desire in art and ritual, Catherine Benton reflects on the conne...(Read More)
 
 
Guests at God's Wedding
Guests at God's Wedding (August 2005)
Celebrating Kartik among the Women of Benares
Tracy Pintchman - Author

A fascinating look at women’s rituals honoring the god Krishna.

This fascinating look at the sacred Hindu month of Kartik (October–November) as it is celebrated in the city of Benares in North India highlights Kartik-related practices, stories, songs, and experiences particular to women. During Kartik, Hindu women living in and around Benares meet daily to enact a form of ritual worship, or puja, in...(Read More)
 
 
Gandhi's Pilgrimage of Faith
Gandhi's Pilgrimage of Faith (July 2005)
From Darkness to Light
Uma Majmudar - Author
Rajmohan Gandhi - Foreword by

Documents the lifelong journey of faith—full of challenges along the way—that made Gandhi the enlightened spiritual leader we revere.

Millions around the world revere Mahatma Gandhi, yet only a few know the man Mohandas Gandhi and the internal journey of his soul. This pioneering book fills the spiritual void in Gandhian literature by focusing on the soul and the substance of the man. Uma Majmudar shows that...(Read More)
 
 
Alternative Krishnas
Alternative Krishnas (March 2005)
Regional and Vernacular Variations on a Hindu Deity
Guy L. Beck - Editor

Going beyond the standard depictions of Krishna in the epics, this book uses regional and vernacular sources to present a wide range of Krishna traditions.

Krishna—widely venerated and adored in the Hindu tradition—is a deity of many aspects. An ancient manifestation of the Supreme God Vishnu, or the Godhead itself, Krishna is the bringer of Yoga philosophy and the creator of the universe, the destroyer of evil ...(Read More)

 
 
Make Me a Man!
Make Me a Man! (March 2005)
Masculinity, Hinduism, and Nationalism in India
Sikata Banerjee - Author

Looks at the ideals of masculine Hinduism—and the corresponding feminine ideals—that have built the Indian nation, and explores their consequences.

Make Me a Man! argues that ideas about manhood play a key role in building and sustaining the modern nation. It examines a particular expression of nation and manliness: masculine Hinduism. This ideal, which emerged from India's experience of British imperi...(Read More)
 
 
Female Infanticide in India
Female Infanticide in India (January 2005)
A Feminist Cultural History
Rashmi Dube Bhatnagar - Author
Renu Dube - Author
Reena Dube - Author

Examines female infanticide in colonial and postcolonial India.

Female Infanticide in India is a theoretical and discursive intervention in the field of postcolonial feminist theory. It focuses on the devaluation of women through an examination of the practice of female infanticide in colonial India and the reemergence of this practice in the form of femicide (selective killing of female fetuses) in postcolonia...(Read More)
 
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