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Singing the Goddess into Place
Singing the Goddess into Place (May 2022)
Locality, Myth, and Social Change in Chamundi of the Hill, a Kannada Folk Ballad
Caleb Simmons - Author

Explores how a folk ballad in southern India transforms the landscape and embeds the deities that are its subject within the social worlds of their devotees.

Singing the Goddess into Place examines Chamundi of the Hill, a collection of songs that tells the stories of the gods and goddesses of the region around the city of Mysore in southern Karnataka. The ballad activ...(Read More)
 
 
Essentials of History
Essentials of History (March 2022)
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and the Meaning of Hindutva
Vinayak Chaturvedi - Author

 
 
The Truths and Lies of Nationalism as Narrated by Charvak
The Truths and Lies of Nationalism as Narrated by Charvak (March 2022)
Partha Chatterjee - Edited and annotated

Rejects Hindu nationalism and pluralist secularism in favor of a revitalized politics of Indian federalism.

Written in the voice of the mythical atheist, naysayer, and general all-purpose heretic of Indian philosophy, The Truths and Lies of Nationalism as Narrated by Charvak presents a completely new way of telling the history of Indian nationalism. Severely criticizing the ...(Read More)
 
 
Nine Nights of Power
Nine Nights of Power (October 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 (May 2021)
Nell Shapiro Hawley - Editor
Sohini Sarah Pillai - Editor

A major contribution to the study of South Asian literature, offering a landmark view of Mahābhārata 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. Along ...(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)
 
 
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 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 Brahmanical sc...(Read More)
 
 
The Science of Satyug
The Science of Satyug (February 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)
 
 
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 understanding of...(Read More)
 
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