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The Archaeology of Hindu Ritual: Temples and the Establishment of the Gods

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In this groundbreaking study, Michael Willis examines how the gods of early Hinduism came to be established in temples, how their cults were organized, and how the ruling elite supported their worship. Examining the emergence of these key historical developments in the fourth and fifth centuries, Willis combines Sanskrit textual evidence with archaeological data from inscriptions, sculptures, temples, and sacred sites. The centre-piece of this study is Udayagiri in central India, the only surviving imperial site of the Gupta dynasty. Through a judicious use of landscape archaeology and archaeo-astronomy, Willis reconstructs how Udayagiri was connected to the Festival of the Rainy Season and the Royal Consecration. Under Gupta patronage, these rituals were integrated into the cult of Vishnu, a deity regarded as the source of creation and of cosmic time. As special devotees of Vishnu, the Gupta kings used Udayagiri to advertise their unique devotional relationship with him. Through his meticulous study of the site, its sculptures and its inscriptions, Willis shows how the Guptas presented themselves as universal sovereigns and how they advanced new systems of religious patronage that shaped the world of medieval India.

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Willis examines how gods of early Hinduism came to be established in temples, combining Sanskrit textual evidence with archaeological data.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521518741
Author:
Willis, Michael D.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Subject:
Antiquities
Subject:
History
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
Hinduism -- History.
Subject:
Hindu antiquities - India - Udayagiri
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-General
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
375
Dimensions:
10.50x7.20x1.10 in. 1.90 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Archaeology » Asia General
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
History and Social Science » Law » General
Languages » ESL » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Hinduism » General
Science and Mathematics » Mathematics » Topology

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