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Published: Sep 29 2014
Size: 6 x 9
Illustrations: 19 halftones
edited by Linda Penkower and Tracy Pintchman
Linda Penkower is an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She has published on the historical, social, institutional, and doctrinal aspects of East Asian Buddhism, especially the Chinese Tiantai tradition. Penkower is currently completing two monographs: "Tiantai Buddhism and the Construction of Lineage during the Tang" and "Shared Sacrality," an annotated translation of the Jin'gangbei (The Diamond Scalpel), the eighth-century Chinese locus classicus for the idea of insentient buddha-nature.
Tracy Pintchman is a professor of religious studies and director of the International Studies Program at Loyola University of Chicago. Her research interests include Hindu goddess traditions, women and religion, ritual studies, and transnational Hinduism. Her scholarly publications include more than twenty articles and book chapters, five edited and coedited volumes, and two monographs, The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition and Guests at God's Wedding: Celebrating Kartik among the Women of Benares.
"This volume uses a wide lens to bring into view an unusually broad range of Hindu ritual behavior. The authors are textualists, film critics, anthropologists, and specialists in women's studies—some of the best known figures in Hindu studies today. Every chapter brings refreshing revelations, and the notorious 'empty ritual' is nowhere to be found."—John Stratton Hawley, Barnard College, Columbia University
"If you are intrigued by the transfer and transformations of Hindu rituals, by ritual agency and efficacy, this book will keep you turning the pages. Challenging received notions of the working of rituals, the contributors tell compelling stories of two weddings, a funeral, and a dog, of disappearing deities, and of fights over ropes. A delight for every student of Ritual Studies and Hinduism."—Ute Hüsken, professor of Sanskrit and coeditor of the Oxford Ritual Studies Series
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