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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)
 
 
Hindu Bioethics for the Twenty-first Century
Hindu Bioethics for the Twenty-first Century (October 2003)
S. Cromwell Crawford - Author

Explores contemporary controversies in bioethics from a Hindu perspective.

S. Cromwell Crawford breaks new ground in this provocative study of Hindu bioethics in a Western setting. He provides a new moral and philosophical perspective on fascinating and controversial bioethical issues that are routinely in the news: cloning, genetic engineering, the human genome project, reproductive technologies, the end of life, and...(Read More)
 
 
Indian Critiques of Gandhi
Indian Critiques of Gandhi (October 2003)
Harold Coward - Editor

Through examinations of Gandhi's critics, both individuals and groups, this book shows the complexity of Indian society and opinion at the time of the Indian Independence Movement.

Although Gandhi has been the subject of hundreds of books and an Oscar-winning film, there has been no sustained study of his engagement with major figures in the Indian Independence Movement who were often his critics from 1920–1948. Th...(Read More)
 
 
Brahma in the West
Brahma in the West (August 2003)
William Blake and the Oriental Renaissance
David Weir - Author

Argues that the myths and ideals of William Blake's poetry were heavily influenced by the Oriental Renaissance—the British discovery of Hindu literature.

Examining William Blake's poetry in relation to the mythographic tradition of the eighteenth century and emphasizing the British discovery of Hindu literature, David Weir argues that Blake's mythic system springs from the same rich historical context that produc...(Read More)
 
 
Design and Rhetoric in a Sanskrit Court Epic
Design and Rhetoric in a Sanskrit Court Epic (March 2003)
The Kiratarjuniya of Bharavi
Indira Viswanathan Peterson - Author

Explores the earliest literary treatment of Arjuna's combat with the great god Siva, providing an introduction to the Sanskrit court epic.

Indira Viswanathan Peterson provides an introduction to the Sanskrit court epic (mahakavya), an important genre in classical Indian poetry, and the first study of a celebrated sixth-century poem, the Kiratarjuniya (Arjuna and the Hunter) of Bharavi. Sanskrit court...(Read More)
 
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