Poetry Madness
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Lists | March 2, 2015

    Anna Lyndsey: IMG My Top 10 Talking Books



    I have always been a reader, but eight years ago, strange circumstances conspired to make me totally book-dependent. I was stuck within four walls,... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$36.25
New Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
25 Remote Warehouse Religion Eastern- Jainism

Comparative Studies in Religion and Society #8: Absent Lord

by

Comparative Studies in Religion and Society #8: Absent Lord Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

What does it mean to worship beings that one believes are completely indifferent to, and entirely beyond the reach of, any form of worship whatsoever? How would such a relationship with sacred beings affect the religious life of a community? Using these questions as his point of departure, Lawrence A. Babb explores the ritual culture of image-worshipping Svetambar Jains of the western Indian states of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Jainism traces its lineages back to the ninth century B.C.E. and is, along with Buddhism, the only surviving example of India's ancient non-Vedic religious traditions. It is known and celebrated for its systematic practice of non-violence and for the intense rigor of the asceticism it promotes. A unique aspect of Babb's study is his linking of the Jain tradition to the social identity of existing Jain communities.

Babb concludes by showing that Jain ritual culture can be seen as a variation on pan-Indian ritual patterns. In illuminating this little-known religious tradition, he demonstrates that divine "absence" can be as rich as divine "presence" in its possibilities for informing a religious response to the cosmos.

Synopsis:

Absent Lord sheds light on a little-known religious tradition and demonstrates that divine 'absence' can be as rich as divine 'presence' in its possibilities for informing a religious response to the cosmos.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 223-230) and index.

About the Author

Lawrence A. Babb is Professor of Anthropology at Amherst College and author of Redemptive Encounters: Three Modern Styles in the Hindu Tradition (California, 1986).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520203242
Subtitle:
Ascetics and Kings in a Jain Ritual Culture
Author:
Babb, Lawrence
Author:
Babb, Lawrence A.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif. :
Subject:
Eastern
Subject:
Religious life
Subject:
Jainism
Subject:
Jains
Subject:
Religious life -- Jainism.
Subject:
Eastern - General
Subject:
Jainism -- Rituals.
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Jainism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Comparative Studies in Religion and Society (Paperback)
Series Volume:
94308
Publication Date:
19960801
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.00x6.06x.62 in. .84 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. The Way of the Bodhisattva: A... Used Trade Paper $9.00
  2. The Jewel Tree of Tibet: The... Used Trade Paper $3.95

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Anthropology » General
History and Social Science » Asia » India » Ancient and General
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Jainism

Comparative Studies in Religion and Society #8: Absent Lord New Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$36.25 In Stock
Product details 256 pages University of California Press - English 9780520203242 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Absent Lord sheds light on a little-known religious tradition and demonstrates that divine 'absence' can be as rich as divine 'presence' in its possibilities for informing a religious response to the cosmos.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.