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Religions of India in Practice By Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

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Brings together the work of thirty scholars of the religions of India in an anthology designed to reshape the ways in which the religious traditions of India are understood. This book contains translations of forty-five works which highlight types of discourse (especially ritual manuals, folktales, and oral narratives).

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Religions of India in Practice by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.

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 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

About Donald S. Lopez, Jr.


Donald S. Lopez, Jr., is Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents


Princeton Readings in ReligionsNote on TransliterationContents by TraditionsContributorsIntroduction31Bengali Songs to Kali552Kabir773Poems of Tukaram924The Litany of Names of Manjusri1045Sikh Hymns to the Divine Name1266Devotional Hymns from the Sanskrit1337Tamil Game Songs to Siva1458In Praise of Muhammad: Sindhi and Urdu Poems1599Baul Songs18710Tamil Songs to God as Child20911The Power of Mantra: A Story of the Five Protectors22712Royal Temple Dedications23513How to Partake in the Love of Krsna24414Women's Songs for Auspicious Occasions26915The Ocean of Mercury: An Eleventh-Century Alchemical Text28116Predicting the Future with Dogs28817How To Worship at Siva's Temple30418The Order for Khalsa Initiation32119The Rite of Veneration of Jina Images32620The Vaisnava Sahajiya Traditions of Medieval Bengal33321The Goddess Sasthi Protects Children35222Women's Celebration of Muhammad's Birth36723The Rescue of Two Drunkards37524Encountering the Smallpox Goddess: The Auspicious Song of Sitala38925The Wonders of Sri Mastnath39926Jain Stories Inspiring Renunciation41227A Holy Woman of Calcutta41828Jain Stories of Miraculous Power42629Mother Ten's Stories43430The Life of Guru Nanak44931The Autobiography of a Female Renouncer46232The Prince with Six Fingers47333How a Girl Became a Sacred Plant48734Lives of Sufi Saints49535Conversations of Sufi Saints51336Teachings of Two Punjabi Sufi Poets51837Ascetic Withdrawal or Social Engagement53338The Bodhisattva Vajrapani's Subjugation of Siva54739India as a Sacred Islamic Land55640The Exemplary Devotion of the "Servant of Hari"56441Satya Pir: Muslim Holy Man and Hindu God57842Jain Questions and Answers: Who Is God and How Is He Worshiped?59843Esoteric Knowledge and the Tradition of the Preceptors60944The Rebuilding of a Hindu Temple62745The Origin of Linga Worship637Index649

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Religions of India in Practice by Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
Donald S. Lopez, Jr.
Princeton Readings in Religions
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Princeton University Press
1995-04-03
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9780691043241
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