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Hair (April 1998)
Its Power and Meaning in Asian Cultures
Alf Hiltebeitel - Editor
Barbara D. Miller - Editor
Gananath Obeyesekere - Foreword by

An interdisciplinary exploration of the meanings of hair in Asia from classical times to contemporary contexts.

Hair--whether present or absent, restored or removed, abundant or scarce, long or short, bound or unbound, colored or natural--marks a person as clearly as speech, clothing, and smell. It defines a person's gender, sexual availability and desirability, age, social status, and even political stance. It may also...(Read More)
The Ritual of Battle
The Ritual of Battle (July 1990)
Krishna in the Mahabharata
Alf Hiltebeitel - Author

This book is a study of India's great epic, the Mahabharata, against the background of Indo-European myth, epic, and ritual. It builds upon the pioneering studies in these areas by Georges Dumezil and Stig Wikander to work toward the goal of understanding how this epic's Indo-European heritage is interpreted and reshaped within the setting of bhakti or devotional Hinduism.

The book begins with a comparative typology of traditio...(Read More)
Criminal Gods and Demon Devotees
Criminal Gods and Demon Devotees (October 1989)
Essays on the Guardians of Popular Hinduism
Alf Hiltebeitel - Editor

The Hindu sacred order is guarded by the very gods who violate it and the demons who oppose it. This book is a who's who of such transgressive figures, both familiar and unfamiliar, showing their place within the Hindu order that they violate. It is also a reflection of the serious scholarly debate over the nature and composition of this Hindu order.

The chapters range from pan-Hindu deities such as Bhairava and Virabhadra to guardian gods ...(Read More)
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