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Nine Nights of Power
Nine Nights of Power (June 2021)
Durgā, Dolls, and Darbārs
Ute Hüsken - Editor
Vasudha Narayanan - Editor
Astrid Zotter - Editor

Explores the rich diversity of narratives, rituals, and participants connected with one of the most important celebrations for Hindus in South Asia and in the diaspora.

The autumnal Navarātri festival—also called Durgā Pūjā, Dassehra, or Dasain—is the most important Hindu festival in South Asia and wherever Hindus settle. A nine-night-long celebration in honor of the goddess Durgā,...(Read More)
 
 
Many Mahābhāratas
Many Mahābhāratas (April 2021)
Nell Shapiro Hawley - Editor
Sohini Sarah Pillai - Editor

A major contribution to the study of South Asian literature, offering a landmark view of Mahābhāata studies.

Many Mahābhāratas is an introduction to the spectacular and long-lived diversity of Mahābhārata literature in South Asia. This diversity begins with the Sanskrit Mahābhārata, an early epic poem that narrates the events of a catastrophic fratricidal war....(Read More)
 
 
The Hagiographer and the Avatar
The Hagiographer and the Avatar (April 2021)
The Life and Works of Narayan Kasturi
Antonio Rigopoulos - Author

Examines the key role of a hagiographer within a charismatic religious movement.

In this biographical study, Antonio Rigopoulos explores the fundamental role of a hagiographer within a charismatic religious movement: in this case, the postsectarian, cosmopolitan community of the Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba. The guru’s hagiographer, Narayan Kasturi, was already a distinguished litt...(Read More)
 
 
The Science of Satyug
The Science of Satyug (March 2021)
Class, Charisma, and Vedic Revivalism in the All World Gayatri Pariwar
Daniel Heifetz - Author

The first in-depth study of the All World Gayatri Pariwar, a modern Indian religious movement.

The All World Gayatri Pariwar is a modern religious movement that enjoys wide popularity in North India, particularly among the many STEM workers who joined after becoming disillusioned with their lucrative but unfulfilling private-sector careers. Founded in the mid-twentieth century, the...(Read More)
 
 
Words of Destiny
Words of Destiny (March 2021)
Practicing Astrology in North India
Caterina Guenzi - Author

Investigates the professional practices of astrologers in urban India and their popularity among the educated middle and upper classes.

Astrologers and astrology play an important role in Indian society, but there are very few studies on their social identity and professional practices. Based on extensive fieldwork carried out in the city of Banaras, Words of Destiny shows how the ...(Read More)
 
 
Till Kingdom Come
Till Kingdom Come (January 2021)
Medieval Hinduism in the Modern Himalaya
Lokesh Ohri - Author

The first book to offer a detailed framework, a fine-grained history, and an analytically nuanced understanding of one of the rarest branches of Hindu worship.

Hinduism, as is well known, has taken a multitude of shapes and forms. Some Hindu “little traditions” have remained obscure or understudied to this day due to their regional remoteness. One such offshoot is the influential ...(Read More)
 
 
Tracing the Path of Yoga
Tracing the Path of Yoga (January 2021)
The History and Philosophy of Indian Mind-Body Discipline
Stuart Ray Sarbacker - Author

A comprehensive and theory-rich investigation of the history and philosophy of yoga, from its Indian origins to the contemporary context.

Clear, accessible, and meticulously annotated, Tracing the Path of Yoga offers a comprehensive survey of the history and philosophy of yoga that will be invaluable to both specialists and to nonspecialists seeking a deeper understa...(Read More)
 
 
Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds
Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds (October 2020)
Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger - Author

Broadens the parameters of religious studies by accounting for material acts that help shape religious worlds.

In Material Acts in Everyday Hindu Worlds, Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger analyzes the agency of materiality—the ability of materials to have an effect on both humans and deities—beyond human intentions. Using materials from three regions where Flueckiger conducted ex...(Read More)
 
 
The Other Rāma
The Other Rāma (October 2020)
Matricide and Genocide in the Mythology of Paraśurāma
Brian Collins - Author

A systematic analysis of the myth cycle of Paraśurāma (“Rāma with the Axe”), an avatára of Viṣṇu with a much darker reputation.

The Other Rāma presents a systematic analysis of the myth cycle of Paraśurāma (“Rāma with the Axe”), an avatára of Viṣṇu best known for decapitating his own mother and annihilating twenty-one generations of the Kṣatriya warrior...(Read More)
 
 
Word, Chant, and Song
Word, Chant, and Song (September 2019)
Spiritual Transformation in Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Sikhism
Harold Coward - Author

An accessible introduction to the centrality of word, chant, and song in the Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, and Sikh traditions.

In academic religious studies and musicology, little attention has been given to chanted word, hymns, and songs, yet these are often the key spiritual practices for lay devotees. To address this gap in knowledge, Harold Coward presents a thematic study of sacred sound as it functions in word, chant, and so...(Read More)
 
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