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Religions of India in Practice : Princeton Readings in Religions (Paperback) - Donald S. Lopez

Religions of India in Practice

Princeton Readings in Religions (Paperback)

By: Donald S. Lopez (Editor)

Paperback Published: 23rd April 1995
ISBN: 9780691043241
Number Of Pages: 648

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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.

"The very nature of this anthology suggests that the contemporary student be taught to learn in the context of uncertain borders, of conflicting and of ambiguous worlds... The Religions of India in Practice should be in the hands of every teacher-scholar of religions in India and then in the hands of their students."--The Journal of Asian Studies "A volume in the valuable series of Princeton Readings in Religion... [A] most useful set of penetrating studies ... their writers are among the most prominent scholars in the field."--The Journal of Indo-European Studies

Princeton Readings in Religions
Note on Transliteration
Contents by Traditions
Contributors
Introductionp. 3
Bengali Songs to Kalip. 55
Kabirp. 77
Poems of Tukaramp. 92
The Litany of Names of Manjusrip. 104
Sikh Hymns to the Divine Namep. 126
Devotional Hymns from the Sanskritp. 133
Tamil Game Songs to Sivap. 145
In Praise of Muhammad: Sindhi and Urdu Poemsp. 159
Baul Songsp. 187
Tamil Songs to God as Childp. 209
The Power of Mantra: A Story of the Five Protectorsp. 227
Royal Temple Dedicationsp. 235
How to Partake in the Love of Krsnap. 244
Women's Songs for Auspicious Occasionsp. 269
The Ocean of Mercury: An Eleventh-Century Alchemical Textp. 281
Predicting the Future with Dogsp. 288
How To Worship at Siva's Templep. 304
The Order for Khalsa Initiationp. 321
The Rite of Veneration of Jina Imagesp. 326
The Vaisnava Sahajiya Traditions of Medieval Bengalp. 333
The Goddess Sasthi Protects Childrenp. 352
Women's Celebration of Muhammad's Birthp. 367
The Rescue of Two Drunkardsp. 375
Encountering the Smallpox Goddess: The Auspicious Song of Sitalap. 389
The Wonders of Sri Mastnathp. 399
Jain Stories Inspiring Renunciationp. 412
A Holy Woman of Calcuttap. 418
Jain Stories of Miraculous Powerp. 426
Mother Ten's Storiesp. 434
The Life of Guru Nanakp. 449
The Autobiography of a Female Renouncerp. 462
The Prince with Six Fingersp. 473
How a Girl Became a Sacred Plantp. 487
Lives of Sufi Saintsp. 495
Conversations of Sufi Saintsp. 513
Teachings of Two Punjabi Sufi Poetsp. 518
Ascetic Withdrawal or Social Engagementp. 533
The Bodhisattva Vajrapani's Subjugation of Sivap. 547
India as a Sacred Islamic Landp. 556
The Exemplary Devotion of the "Servant of Hari"p. 564
Satya Pir: Muslim Holy Man and Hindu Godp. 578
Jain Questions and Answers: Who Is God and How Is He Worshiped?p. 598
Esoteric Knowledge and the Tradition of the Preceptorsp. 609
The Rebuilding of a Hindu Templep. 627
The Origin of Linga Worshipp. 637
Indexp. 649
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ISBN: 9780691043241
ISBN-10: 0691043248
Series: Princeton Readings in Religions (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 648
Published: 23rd April 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.52  x 3.71
Weight (kg): 0.89