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Varṇa

Arvind Sharma

in Classical Hindu Thought: An Introduction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195658712
eISBN:
9780199082018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195658712.003.0019
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The existing discussions of the Hindu social order have fallen victim to a stereotype. According to this stereotype, Hindu society is divided into watertight compartments to which one belongs by ... More


Pūjā Origins and Elite Politics

Rachel Fell McDermott

in Revelry, Rivalry, and Longing for the Goddesses of Bengal: The Fortunes of Hindu Festivals

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231129190
eISBN:
9780231527873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231129190.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter chronicles the origins of Durgā and Jagaddhātrī Pūjās in the homes of the elite, landowning zamindars, where worship of the goddesses was integral to the articulation of political and ... More


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