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Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan

David L. Haberman

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190086718
eISBN:
9780190086756
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190086718.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan is based on ethnographic and textual research with two major objectives. First, it is a study of the conceptions of and ... More


Introduction: Seduced by a Mountain

David L. Haberman

in Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190086718
eISBN:
9780190086756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190086718.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The Introduction provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book explores the conceptions and worship of Mount Govardhan and its many stones. Mount Govardhan is a well-known sacred hill ... More


On the Slopes of Mount Govardhan: Lay of the Land

David L. Haberman

in Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190086718
eISBN:
9780190086756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190086718.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter introduces some of the foundational stories related to Mount Govardhan and describes the physical features of the mountain as well as the sacred terrain that surrounds it. For instance, ... More


Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Challenges of Difference

David L. Haberman

in Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190086718
eISBN:
9780190086756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190086718.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter considers ways of thinking about the challenges of radical cultural difference posed by something like intimate interaction with a stone, and explores the nature of and possibilities ... More


A God of Stone: Divine Conceptions

David L. Haberman

in Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190086718
eISBN:
9780190086756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190086718.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter considers various theological conceptions of the mountain, much of which has never been presented in previous scholarly literature. This also helps illustrate the specific nature of the ... More


Honoring the King of Mountains: Embodied Worship

David L. Haberman

in Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190086718
eISBN:
9780190086756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190086718.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter explores the ritualized ways in which the mountain is honored, specifically its circumambulation (parikrama) and devotional worship (puja). Pious pilgrims have been circumambulating ... More


Drawing Personality Out of a Stone: Techniques of Intimacy

David L. Haberman

in Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190086718
eISBN:
9780190086756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190086718.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter focuses on interaction with particular individual stones from Mount Govardhan and the anthropomorphic techniques employed to establish and develop close relationships with these divine ... More


Non-Duality, Play, and an Invitation

David L. Haberman

in Loving Stones: Making the Impossible Possible in the Worship of Mount Govardhan

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190086718
eISBN:
9780190086756
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190086718.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter considers major philosophical tenets that circumscribe the particular Hindu worldview which supports and informs many of the conceptions and practices associated with Mount ... More


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