A neglected topic in the research on yoga and meditation traditions, the extraordinary capacities called yoga powers are at the core of the religious imagination in the history of religions in South Asia. Yoga powers explained the divine, the highest gods were thought of as great yogins, and since major religious traditions considered their attainment as an inevitable part of the salvific process the textual traditions had to provide rational analyses of the powers. The essays of the book provide a number of new insights in the yoga powers and their history, position and function in the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain traditions, in classical Yoga, Haṭha Yoga, Tantra and Śaiva textual traditions, in South Asian medieval and modern hagographies, and in some contemporary yoga traditions.
Edited by Arvind Sharma
Following the lead of a “hermeneutics of surprise” the book identifies, indeed, surprising new material, and offers unexpected new insights essential to the debate on the position of goddesses and women in ancient India.
Stephen C. Berkwitz
This book on vernacular Buddhist histories written in late medieval Sri Lanka demonstrates that narrative representations of the past were designed to effectively constructing new moral communities in translocal spaces.
This work analyzes the Islamic ritual buildings of western India as innovations of the local architectural tradition. These buildings themselves forged new senses of community, initiating processes of social integration and redefinition among Muslim and non-Muslim groups in the region.
Kamala Elizabeth Nayar
At the hand of the hero Karna this book offers a model for ‘heroic religion’, having to a large extent shaped not only the Indic epics, but also cognate Indo-European epics, such as Homer’s Iliad.
Edited by Jos Gommans and Om Prakash
An exciting and thought-provoking volume, written by a small number of outstanding scholars on colonial and medieval Indian history, ethnohistory and the new military history of South Asia, a tribute thinkable to Professor Dirk Kolff.
The chapters in this book explore important aspects of maṇḍalas and yantras in the Smārta, Pāñcarātra, Śaiva and Śākta traditions through investigations by renowned specialists in the field. An essay on the vāstupuruṣamaṇḍala and its relationship to architecture is also included. With ...
Jesse S. Palsetia
Filling the obvious lacunae in the literature on British colonialism, Indian society and history, and, last but not least, Zoroastrianism, this book broadens our knowledge of the interaction of colonialism and colonial groups, and elucidates the significant role of the Parsis in the commercial, ...
Edited by Jan E.M. Houben and Karel R. van Kooij
This thorough study offers the opportunity to gain a clear understanding of the mechanics of political interaction in princely India (in the period 1916-1947) between the British colonial power, the princely rulers, and nationalist politicians. The first major scholarly contribution to an until ...
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