Religions of India in Practice

ISBN-10: 0691043248

ISBN-13: 9780691043241

Edition: 1995

Authors: Donald S. Lopez
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Description: The inaugural volume of Princeton Readings in Religions brings together the work of thirty scholars of the religions of India in a new anthology designed to reshape the ways in which the religious traditions of India are understood. The book contains translations of forty-five works, most of which have never before been available in a Western language. Many of these highlight types of discourse (especially ritual manuals, folktales, and oral narratives) and voices (vernacular, esoteric, domestic, and female) that have not been sufficiently represented in previous anthologies and standard accounts of Indian religions. The selections are drawn from ancient texts, medieval manuscripts, modern pamphlets, and contemporary fieldwork in rural and urban India. They represent every region in South Asia and include Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, and Muslim materials. Some are written texts reflecting elite concerns, while others are transcriptions of oral narratives told by nonliterate peasants. Some texts are addressed to a public and pan-Indian audience, others to a limited coterie of initiates in an esoteric sect, and still others are intended for a few women gathered in the courtyard for a household ceremony. The editor has reinforced this diversity by arranging the selections within several overarching themes and categories of discourse (hymns, rituals, narratives, and religious interactions), and encourages us to make our own connections.

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 4/23/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 648
Size: 6.28" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Princeton Readings in Religions
Note on Transliteration
Contents by Traditions
Contributors
Introduction
Bengali Songs to Kali
Kabir
Poems of Tukaram
The Litany of Names of Manjusri
Sikh Hymns to the Divine Name
Devotional Hymns from the Sanskrit
Tamil Game Songs to Siva
In Praise of Muhammad: Sindhi and Urdu Poems
Baul Songs
Tamil Songs to God as Child
The Power of Mantra: A Story of the Five Protectors
Royal Temple Dedications
How to Partake in the Love of Krsna
Women's Songs for Auspicious Occasions
The Ocean of Mercury: An Eleventh-Century Alchemical Text
Predicting the Future with Dogs
How To Worship at Siva's Temple
The Order for Khalsa Initiation
The Rite of Veneration of Jina Images
The Vaisnava Sahajiya Traditions of Medieval Bengal
The Goddess Sasthi Protects Children
Women's Celebration of Muhammad's Birth
The Rescue of Two Drunkards
Encountering the Smallpox Goddess: The Auspicious Song of Sitala
The Wonders of Sri Mastnath
Jain Stories Inspiring Renunciation
A Holy Woman of Calcutta
Jain Stories of Miraculous Power
Mother Ten's Stories
The Life of Guru Nanak
The Autobiography of a Female Renouncer
The Prince with Six Fingers
How a Girl Became a Sacred Plant
Lives of Sufi Saints
Conversations of Sufi Saints
Teachings of Two Punjabi Sufi Poets
Ascetic Withdrawal or Social Engagement
The Bodhisattva Vajrapani's Subjugation of Siva
India as a Sacred Islamic Land
The Exemplary Devotion of the "Servant of Hari"
Satya Pir: Muslim Holy Man and Hindu God
Jain Questions and Answers: Who Is God and How Is He Worshiped?
Esoteric Knowledge and the Tradition of the Preceptors
The Rebuilding of a Hindu Temple
The Origin of Linga Worship
Index
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