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The Encounter Never Ends
The Encounter Never Ends (August 2007)
A Return to the Field of Tamil Rituals
Isabelle Clark-Deces - Author

A reconsideration of the relationship between fieldwork and anthropological knowledge.

The Encounter Never Ends offers a thoughtful meditation on the relationship between fieldwork and anthropological knowledge through the analysis of Tamil ritual practice in a South Indian village. Isabelle Clark-Decès revisits field notes taken more than fifteen years earlier, and reveals what she intended wh...(Read More)

 
 
The Character of the Self in Ancient India
The Character of the Self in Ancient India (July 2007)
Priests, Kings, and Women in the Early Upanisads
Brian Black - Author

Explores the narratives and dialogues of the Upanisads and shows that these literary elements are central to an understanding of Upanishadic philosophy.

This groundbreaking book is an elegant exploration of the Upanisads, often considered the fountainhead of the rich, varied philosophical tradition in India. The Upanisads, in addition to their philosophical content, have a number of sections that contain narrati...(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)
 
 
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)
 
 
Gurus in America
Gurus in America (October 2005)
Thomas A. Forsthoefel - Editor
Cynthia Ann Humes - Editor

A fascinating look at Hindu gurus with significant followings in the United States.

Gurus in America provides an excellent introduction to the guru phenomenon in the United States, with in-depth analyses of nine important Hindu gurus—Adi Da, Ammachi, Mayi Chidvilasananda, Gurani Anjali, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Osho, Ramana Maharshi, Sai Baba, and Swami Bhaktivedanta. All of these gurus have attracted signific...(Read More)
 
 
Female Ascetics in Hinduism
Female Ascetics in Hinduism (August 2004)
Lynn Teskey Denton - Author

Provides both a first-hand look at and an insightful analysis of a little-known world—that of female ascetics in India.

Female Ascetics in Hinduism
provides a vivid account of the lives of women renouncers—women who renounce the world to live ascetic spiritual lives—in India. The author approaches the study of female asceticism by focusing on features of two dharmas, two religiously defined ways o...(Read More)
 
 
Women in Ochre Robes
Women in Ochre Robes (October 2003)
Gendering Hindu Renunciation
Meena Khandelwal - Author

Focuses on the lives of female Hindu ascetics and the significance of gender to the tradition of renunciation.

Meena Khandelwal offers an engaging and intimate portrait of extraordinary Hindu women in India who wear "ochre robes," signifying their renunciation of marriage and family for lives of celibacy, asceticism, and spiritual discipline. While the largely male Hindu ascetic tradition of sannyasa rend...(Read More)

 
 
The Living and the Dead
The Living and the Dead (September 2003)
Social Dimensions of Death in South Asian Religions
Liz Wilson - Editor

Explores the social treatment of death in South Asian religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and other traditions. Includes material on women and marginalized groups.

This collection examines the social dimensions of death in South Asian religions, exploring the ritualized exchanges between the living and the dead performed by Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, and other religious groups. Using ethnographic and histori...(Read More)
 
 
Tales for the Dying
Tales for the Dying (February 2003)
The Death Narrative of the Bhagavata-Purana
E. H. Rick Jarow - Author

Explores death and dying in the Bhagavata-Purana and in the Indian religious imagination using insights from myth, semiotics, and depth psychology as well as the Indian commentarial tradition.
Tales for the Dying explores the centrality of death and dying in the narrative of the Bhagavata-Purana, India’s great text of devotional theism, canonized as an integral part of the Vaisnava bhakti tradition. The text grapples with de...(Read More)
 
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