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Religions of India in Practice (Princeton Readings in Religions)

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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.

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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.

Table of Contents

Princeton Readings in Religions
Note on Transliteration
Contents by Traditions
Contributors
Introduction3
1Bengali Songs to Kali55
2Kabir77
3Poems of Tukaram92
4The Litany of Names of Manjusri104
5Sikh Hymns to the Divine Name126
6Devotional Hymns from the Sanskrit133
7Tamil Game Songs to Siva145
8In Praise of Muhammad: Sindhi and Urdu Poems159
9Baul Songs187
10Tamil Songs to God as Child209
11The Power of Mantra: A Story of the Five Protectors227
12Royal Temple Dedications235
13How to Partake in the Love of Krsna244
14Women's Songs for Auspicious Occasions269
15The Ocean of Mercury: An Eleventh-Century Alchemical Text281
16Predicting the Future with Dogs288
17How To Worship at Siva's Temple304
18The Order for Khalsa Initiation321
19The Rite of Veneration of Jina Images326
20The Vaisnava Sahajiya Traditions of Medieval Bengal333
21The Goddess Sasthi Protects Children352
22Women's Celebration of Muhammad's Birth367
23The Rescue of Two Drunkards375
24Encountering the Smallpox Goddess: The Auspicious Song of Sitala389
25The Wonders of Sri Mastnath399
26Jain Stories Inspiring Renunciation412
27A Holy Woman of Calcutta418
28Jain Stories of Miraculous Power426
29Mother Ten's Stories434
30The Life of Guru Nanak449
31The Autobiography of a Female Renouncer462
32The Prince with Six Fingers473
33How a Girl Became a Sacred Plant487
34Lives of Sufi Saints495
35Conversations of Sufi Saints513
36Teachings of Two Punjabi Sufi Poets518
37Ascetic Withdrawal or Social Engagement533
38The Bodhisattva Vajrapani's Subjugation of Siva547
39India as a Sacred Islamic Land556
40The Exemplary Devotion of the "Servant of Hari"564
41Satya Pir: Muslim Holy Man and Hindu God578
42Jain Questions and Answers: Who Is God and How Is He Worshiped?598
43Esoteric Knowledge and the Tradition of the Preceptors609
44The Rebuilding of a Hindu Temple627
45The Origin of Linga Worship637
Index649

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691043241
Editor:
Lopez, Donald S., Jr. JR. JR. JR. JR. JR
Author:
Lopez, Daniel S.
Editor:
Lopez, Donald S., Jr. JR. JR. JR. JR.
Editor:
Lopez, Donald S., Jr.
Editor:
Lopez, Donald S., Jr. JR. JR. JR. JR. JR
Editor:
Lopez, Donald S., Jr. JR. JR.
Author:
Lopez, Donald S.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
India
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
India Religion.
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Hinduism - General
Subject:
Mind, Body & Spirit
Subject:
Asian and Asian American Studies
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Readings in Religions Paperback
Publication Date:
April 1995
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
648
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 33 oz

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"Synopsis" by , 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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