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Language and Style of the Vedic Rsis
Language and Style of the Vedic Rsis (November 1994)
Tatyana J. Elizarenkova - Author
Wendy Doniger - Editor

"This is an extraordinary book, which could have been written by no one but Tatyana Elizarenkova. It is extraordinary because it combines two disciplines that no one else would dream of combining, or be able to combine: the modern, trendy, obscure discipline of semiotics, and the ancient, dusty, arcane discipline of Vedic philology. It is even more extraordinary because it combines them in such a way that they become mutually illuminating, that t...(Read More)
Authority, Anxiety, and Canon
Authority, Anxiety, and Canon (July 1994)
Essays in Vedic Interpretation
Laurie L. Patton - Editor

"What a feast these essays provide! Together they constitute the most sophisticated yet accessible volume I have come across in years. There are moments in reading when I simply had to pause to write the word 'stunning' and to ponder the implications of what the author had just said." -- Thomas B. Coburn, St. Lawrence University

"This anthology assembles a series of superbly researched and written articles around the theme of authority and an...(Read More)
Living Banaras
Living Banaras (April 1993)
Hindu Religion in Cultural Context
Bradley R. Hertel - Editor
Cynthia Ann Humes - Editor

By focusing on contemporary popular religious traditions, the book represents a substantial contribution to the study of modern religious practices in Banaras, holy city of India. This book offers in-depth, ethnographic views of many contemporary popular religious practices that have, for the most part, received little attention by scholars. Topics covered include the Ramlila celebrations, devotion to Hanuman, and goddess worship, and the way that...(Read More)
The Eternal Food
The Eternal Food (September 1992)
Gastronomic Ideas and Experiences of Hindus and Buddhists
R. S. Khare - Editor

The interdisciplinary approaches presented here investigate food in India and Sri Lanka for its wide ranging cultural meaning and uses. The authors examine food in religious and literary contexts, where saints, ritualists, poets, and the divine often provide grounds for a practically inexhaustible hermeneutics.

The Eternal Food focuses on reflexive cultural expressions and personal experiences that food elicits in the region. Conce...(Read More)
The Myths of Narasimha and Vamana
The Myths of Narasimha and Vamana (November 1991)
Two Avatars in Cosmological Perspective
Deborah A. Soifer - Author

"The book's strength is its in-depth analysis of two neglected figures in Hindu mythology: Vamana and Narasimha. Treating them comparatively along the trajectories of creation and eschatology is original and illuminating. The book also has insights about myth in relation to cosmology and ideology that are subtle and sophisticated." -- Paul B. Courtright

The Sanskrit Puranas and epics are replete with stories of the avatars, incarnations of t...(Read More)
The Disguises of the Demon
The Disguises of the Demon (July 1991)
The Development of the Yaksa in Hinduism and Buddhism
Gail Hinich Sutherland - Author

"The author does a very successful job in exploring the place and function of demons in Hindu/Buddhist mythology and iconography. She addresses the ways in which demons dwell on the boundaries between good and evil, human and divine, and, as boundary transgressors, serve to connect the disparate aspects of the religious traditions together." -- Paul Courtright, Emory University

Among the most ancient deities of South Asia, the yaksstraddles t...(Read More)
Kabir Legends and Ananta-Das's Kabir Parachai
Kabir Legends and Ananta-Das's Kabir Parachai (June 1991)
With a translation of the Kabir Parachai Prepared in Collaboration with Jagdish Kumar and Uma Thukral and with an Edition of the Niranjani Panthi Recension of this Work
David N. Lorenzen - Author

"It is particularly useful to have in one place, in English, a compilation of all major legends surrounding Kabir's life, and one which includes most of its significant variants. I also appreciate the tone of the discussion: at once sympathetic and scholarly, it avoids the poles, at which most such discussions have clustered, of unquestioning credulity and strident skepticism." -- Ken Bryant, University of British Columbia