9780226618470

Textual Sources for the Study of Hinduism

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  • ISBN13:

    9780226618470

  • ISBN10:

    0226618471

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1990-10-15
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr

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Summary

"A wider range than usual of Sanskrit texts: not only interesting Vedic, epic, and mythological texts but also a good sampling of ritual and ethical texts. . . . There are also extracts from texts usually neglected, such as medical treatises, works on practical politics, and guides to love and marriage. . . . Readings from the vernacular Hindi, Bengali, and Tamil traditions [serve to] enrich the collection and demonstrate how Hinduism flourished not just in Sanskrit but also in its many mother tongues."Francis X. Clooney, Journal of Asian Studies

Author Biography

Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.


Table of Contents

General introduction ix
Foreword and acknowledgements x
Introduction to the Sanskrit sources
1(4)
Vedas
5(41)
Rituals
Rig Veda
6(1)
Invocation of Agni
6(1)
Hymn to the funeral fire
6(1)
The horse sacrifice
7(3)
Brahmanas
10(1)
The offering into the fire (Agnihotra)
10(1)
The creation of fire, the eater
10(1)
The origins of death and the fire-altar
11(2)
Prajapati dismembered and remembered
13(1)
The horse sacrifice
14(1)
Seed as rice
14(1)
Killing the dog
15(1)
Killing the horse
16(1)
The mockery of the women
16(1)
The king copulates with the people
17(1)
Dismembering the horse
18(1)
The restorations
18(1)
The human sacrifice of Shunahshepa
19(6)
Upanishads: mediatation on the sacrificial horse
25(2)
Myths
27(6)
Rig Veda
27(1)
The dismemberment of the cosmic Person
27(1)
The three strides of Vishnu
28(1)
Rudra
29(1)
Brahmanas: the creation of gods and demons
29(1)
Upanishads
30(1)
Indra and the demons
30(1)
Satyakama and the animals
31(2)
Philosophy
33(13)
Rig Veda: creation
33(1)
Upanishads
34(1)
The self
34(1)
The ultimate reality and the two birds
34(1)
Rebirth
35(2)
The Person in the eye and in sleep
37(1)
The self in sleep
38(1)
The wandering king
38(1)
The chariot-maker
38(1)
Vedanta
39(1)
Shankara dreams
39(3)
Ramanuja dreams
42(3)
Illusion: the man who built a house of air
45(1)
Epics
46(18)
Mahabharata
46(12)
The birth of the Epic heroes
46(5)
The karma of Dharma: Mandavya on the stake
51(2)
Yudhishthira approaches heaven with his dog
53(3)
Salvation and damnation in the Bhagavad Gita
56(2)
Ramayana
58(6)
The birth of Sita and the bending of the bow
58(2)
The song of Kusha and Lava
60(4)
Puranas
64(27)
Myths
65(9)
How Brahma created the universe
65(3)
The four Ages
68(3)
How Rudra destroys the universe
71(3)
Philosophy
74(10)
The fruits of hearing a Purana: Devaraja the sinner
74(1)
The Mahabharata expiated
75(1)
Karma transferred in hell: Vipashcit
76(2)
Ethics: how to stay out of trouble
78(6)
Rituals
84(7)
An animal sacrifice
84(1)
The origin of the lingam
85(2)
The origin of the shrine of the lingam
87(4)
Shastras
91(40)
The body
91(6)
Second opinions on the aetiology of disease
92(1)
The humours of the mind and body
93(1)
How not to get sick
94(3)
Birth
97(4)
Embryology
97(1)
A strange birth
98(2)
The perils of growing up
100(1)
Marriage
101(13)
Women to marry and not to marry
101(2)
Women not to sleep with
103(1)
Married women to sleep with
104(1)
Married women who will sleep with you
105(1)
Married women who will not sleep with you
106(1)
The karma of marriage: the king's wife, the Brahmin's wife, and the ogre
106(8)
Public life: how to test your ministers
114(2)
Death
116(15)
How to die and go to hell
116(5)
The punishment to fit the crime
121(2)
How not to go to hell
123(2)
How to perform a funeral sacrifice
125(4)
Who not to invite to the funeral
129(1)
How to perform a Tantric funeral
130(1)
Tantras
131(7)
Ritual
132(5)
The five elements of Tantric ritual
132(1)
A Tantric animal sacrifice
133(1)
Tantric sins of excess
134(3)
Philosophy
137(1)
Tantric caste law
137(1)
Tantric Release
137(1)
The Hindi tradition Daniel Gold
138(13)
Kabir
139(3)
Sur Das
142(4)
Tulsi Das
146(2)
Eighteenth-century sants
148(3)
Paltu
149(1)
Charandas
150(1)
The Bengali tradition David Haberman
151(17)
The birth of Manasa
151(4)
The biography of the saint Chaitanya
155(3)
Krishna's decision to take birth as Chaitanya
156(1)
An encounter with the dual form
157(1)
Rupa Gosvamin
158(7)
The general characteristics of devotion
159(4)
Remembering the eightfold activities of Radha and Krishna
163(2)
Poems to Radha and Krishna
165(1)
Poems to Mother Kali
166(1)
Songs of the Bauls
167(1)
The Tamil tradition David Shulman
168(19)
Cuntaramurtti: the harsh devotee
170(7)
Kampan: the sight of Sita's jewels
177(3)
Kalamekappulavar: worship by insult (nindastuti)
180(1)
The pirate of Tiruccentur
181(2)
The story of Nilanakkanar
183(2)
Two Telugu poets
185(2)
Bibliography 187(1)
Notes 188(16)
Glossarial index 204

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