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India: A Sacred Geography

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Patriarchy asserts that men are superior to women, feminism clarifies that women and men are equal, and queerness questions what constitutes male and female. One of the few people to talk frankly and sensitively about queerness and religion, celebrated Indian mythologist Devdutt Pattanaik explains that queerness isnand#8217;t only modern, Western, or sexual. Rather, by looking at the vast written and oral traditions of Hinduism, he finds many overlooked tales with queerness at their center, some over two thousand years old. Thereand#8217;s Shikhandi, who became a man to satisfy her wife; Mahadeva, who became a woman to deliver her devoteeand#8217;s child; Chudala, who became a man to enlighten her husband; Samavan, who became the wife of his male friendand#151;and many, many more.

In Shikhandi, and Other Tales They Donand#8217;t Tell You, Pattanaik recounts these stories and explores the importance of mythologies in understanding the modern Indian mindset. Playful, touching, and sometimes disturbing, when Shikhandiand#8217;s stories are compared with their Mesopotamian, Greek, Chinese, and Biblical counterparts, they reveal the unique Indian way of making sense of queerness.

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and#147;Pattanaik is a master storytellerand#8221; and#151;Bibek Debroy, translator of The Bhagavad Gita

Synopsis:

A spiritual history of the world's most religiously complex and diverse society, from one of Harvard's most respected scholars.

India: A Sacred Geography is the culmination of more than a decade's work from the renowned Harvard scholar Diana L. Eck. The book explores the sacred places of India, taking the reader on an extraordinary trip through the beliefs and history of this rich and profound place, as well as providing a basic introduction to Hindu religious ideas and how those ideas influence our understanding of the modern sense of "India" as a nation.

About the Author

DIANA L. ECK is professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard University and is Master of Lowell House and Director of the Pluralism Project. Her book Banaras, City of Light, remains a classic in the field, and Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras won the prestigious Grawemeyer Book Award. In 1998, President Clinton awarded her the National Humanities Medal for the work of the Pluralism Project in the investigation of America's religious diversity.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385531924
Author:
Eck, Diana L.
Publisher:
Harmony
Author:
Pattanaik, Devdutt
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Hinduism-General
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Gender Studies
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 halftones
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in

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"Synopsis" by , A spiritual history of the world's most religiously complex and diverse society, from one of Harvard's most respected scholars.

India: A Sacred Geography is the culmination of more than a decade's work from the renowned Harvard scholar Diana L. Eck. The book explores the sacred places of India, taking the reader on an extraordinary trip through the beliefs and history of this rich and profound place, as well as providing a basic introduction to Hindu religious ideas and how those ideas influence our understanding of the modern sense of "India" as a nation.

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