The Archaeology Of Hindu Ritual

Author: Michael Willis
Editor: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107460164
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In this groundbreaking study, Michael Willis examines how the gods of early Hinduism came to be established in temples, how their cults were organized, and how the ruling elite supported their worship. Examining the emergence of these key historical developments in the fourth and fifth centuries, Willis combines Sanskrit textual evidence with archaeological data from inscriptions, sculptures, temples, and sacred sites. The centre-piece of this study is Udayagiri in central India, the only surviving imperial site of the Gupta dynasty. Through a judicious use of landscape archaeology and archaeo-astronomy, Willis reconstructs how Udayagiri was connected to the Festival of the Rainy Season and the Royal Consecration. Under Gupta patronage, these rituals were integrated into the cult of Vishnu, a deity regarded as the source of creation and of cosmic time. As special devotees of Vishnu, the Gupta kings used Udayagiri to advertise their unique devotional relationship with him. Through his meticulous study of the site, its sculptures and its inscriptions, Willis shows how the Guptas presented themselves as universal sovereigns and how they advanced new systems of religious patronage that shaped the world of medieval India.

The Rise Of Mah Sena

Author: Richard D. Mann
Editor: BRILL
ISBN: 9004217541
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This study argues from textual and material sources that Skanda-K?ttikeya’s cult in the north of India during the Ku???a and Gupta eras moves from being a broad-based Graha and M?t? tradition to one that advanced the ruler’s prestige and authority.

Lost Kingdoms

Author: John Guy
Editor: Yale University Press
ISBN: 030020437X
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A fresh and exciting exploration of Southeast Asian history from the 5th to 9th century, seen through the lens of the region's sculpture

Faces Around The World A Cultural Encyclopedia Of The Human Face

Author: Margo DeMello
Editor: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1598846183
Size: 18,22 MB
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This book provides a comprehensive examination of the human face, providing fascinating information from biological, cultural, and social perspectives. • A complete bibliography of sources and index of subjects • Includes 100 images, numerous sidebars, and interesting "pop-out" quotes related to the face

Thailand Condensed

Author: Ellen London
Editor: Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
ISBN: 9812619763
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Thailand is the only nation in South-east Asia, in modern world history, that remained independent despite the colonising efforts of the European powers. Thailand Condensed provides readers with an overview of key events in the nation’s past, Kings and even famous Thai personalities. Also featured are interesting nuggets of information on Thai icons and culture such as elephants, tuks tuks, dance and silk. which are presented in one volume for the reader’s ease of reference.

World History

Author: Candice Goucher
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1135088217
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World History: Journeys from Past to Present uses common themes to present an integrated and comprehensive survey of human history from its origins to the present day. By weaving together thematic and regional perspectives in coherent chronological narratives, Goucher and Walton transform the overwhelming sweep of the human past into a truly global story that is relevant to the contemporary issues of our time. Revised and updated throughout, the second edition of this innovative textbook combines clear chronological progression with thematically focused chapters. In this volume, chapters are divided into three parts as follows: PART 1. EMERGENCE (Human origins to 500 CE) PART 2. ORDER (1 CE-1500 CE) PART 3. CONNECTIONS (500-1600 CE) The expanded new edition features an impressive full-color design with a host of illustrations, maps and primary source excerpts integrated throughout. Chapter opening timelines supply context for the material ahead, while end of chapter questions and annotated additional resources provide students with the tools for independent study. Each chapter and part boasts introductory and summary essays that guide the reader in comprehending the relevant theme. In addition, the companion website offers a range of resources including an interactive historical timeline, an indispensable study skills section for students, tips for teaching and learning thematically, and PowerPoint slides, lecture material and discussion questions in a password protected area for instructors. This textbook provides a basic introduction for all students of World History, incorporating thematic perspectives that encourage critical thinking, link to globally relevant contemporary issues, and stimulate further study.

Sacred Structures

Author: Krishna G. Rampal
Editor: Bluetoffee
ISBN: 9810595859
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Sacred Structures is a fascinating guide to the world of Hindu Temples in Malaysia and Singapore, presented through the unique artistic vision of some of it's leading artists. In four sections beautifully illustrated with original paintings by ten leading artists, the book takes the reader through the various phases of Hindu Temple building from the 5-6th Century to modern times.

Between Harmony And Discrimination Negotiating Religious Identities Within Majority Minority Relationships In Bali And Lombok

Author: C. Philipp E. Nothaft
Editor: BRILL
ISBN: 900427149X
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Between Harmony and Discrimination articulates how religious practices have become the primary identity markers in Bali and Lombok. This movement has caused the historic interreligious relationships between majority and minority populations, primarily Hindus and Muslims, to be renegotiated and reconfigured.

Asian Mythologies

Author: Yves Bonnefoy
Editor: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226064567
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These 130 articles Aisan mythologies and cover such topics as Buddhist and Hindu symbolic systems, myth in pre-Islamic Iran, Chinese cosmology and demons, and the Japanese conceptions of the afterlife and the "vital spirit". Also includes myths from Turkey, Korea, Tibet, and Mongolia. Illustrations.