This book studies the early development of Skanda-Kārttikeya’s Hindu cult from its earliest textual and material sources to the end of the Gupta Empire in the north of India. The text argues that Skanda’s early ‘popular’ cult is found in Graha and Mātṛ traditions oriented towards appeasing potentially dangerous spirits. Once propitiated, however, Skanda and his Grahas/ Mātṛs could become fierce protectors of their followers. During the Kuṣāṇa and Gupta empires, this tradition gains the attention of rulers, who transform the deity’s protective cult into one focused on the ruler’s military prowess and right to rule. Once detached from his former popular traditions the deity’s cult begins to falter in the north as it becomes increasingly focused on elite agendas.
The Rise of Mahāsena
Jaroslav Strnad, Academy of Sciences, Prague
Morphology and Syntax of Old Hindī offers a commented edition of one hundred poems of medieval mystic and thinker Kabīr, a detailed treatment of morphological structure of the language and its main syntactic features, numerous textual examples, and a glossary.
Sumit Guha University of Texas, Austin
Beyond Caste traces the many changes South Asian society through the centuries and shows how 'caste' should be understood as a politically inflected and complex form of ethnic stratification that persisted across religious affiliations.
Akira Shimada, State University of New York at New Paltz
The book provides an updated chronology of the Amarāvatī stūpa and argues its close link with the long-term development of urbanization of this region between ca. 200 BCE-250 CE based on the latest archaeological, art-historical and epigraphic evidence.
In Narmadāparikramā. Circumambulation of the Narmadā River Jürgen Neuss offers a comprehensive study of the Narmadāparikramā, a singular Hindu pilgrimage, which comprises the complete circumambulation of the Central Indian river Narmadā.
Lisa N. Owen, University of North Texas
Drawing on art historical, epigraphical, and textual evidence, this book is the first full-scale reconstruction of medieval Jain activities at Ellora. It not only highlights the understudied Jain caves, but examines them in concert with Ellora's Hindu and Buddhist monuments.
Edited by Saraju Rath
This volume deals with South Indian Sanskrit manuscripts, predominantly on palm leaf and rarely older than three to four centuries, and their role in a manuscript culture that had a significant impact on Indian intellectual history for around two millennia.
Edited by Alka Patel and Karen Leonard
The authors in this volume analyze the rich layers of circulation and exchange of art, architecture, and literature within South Asia from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries, focusing on the interaction of Muslims and Islamic traditions with other people and traditions there.
Edited by Knut A. Jacobsen
The book offers a number of new insights in the history of yoga powers in the South Asian religious traditions, analyzes the position of the powers in the salvific process and in conceptions of divinity, and explores the rational explanations of the powers provided by the traditions.
by Johannes Bronkhorst. Translated from the French by Michael S. Allen and Rajam Raghunathan. Revised and with a new appendix
This book explores the conviction shared by almost all Indian philosophers regarding the close connection between language and reality. It shows that the main currents of Indian philosophy can be understood as answers to a problem that this conviction entailed.
Michael W. Meister
Drawing on recent archaeology and scholarship, this book establishes a sequence of temples built between the sixth and tenth centuries in Pakistan's northwest that provide a missing chapter in the evolution and origins of the HIndu temple in South Asia.
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