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 A Long and Winding Tail: Hanuman in History and Historiography

Philip Lutgendorf

in Hanuman's Tale: The Messages of a Divine Monkey

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195309225
eISBN:
9780199785391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309225.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

While surveying textual sources, iconography, and other historical evidence for the development of Hanuman's popular cult, this chapter also interrogates the explanatory narratives that have been ... More


The Hanumāyana: Forty Tales of Hanuman

Philip Lutgendorf

in Hanuman's Tale: The Messages of a Divine Monkey

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195309225
eISBN:
9780199785391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309225.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter presents a representative selection of well-known tales and variants that emphasize Hanuman's heroic role both within and outside the conventional Ramayana narrative. Selections include ... More


The Footsteps of Vishnu: A Historical Introduction to Hinduism

Ariel Glucklich

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195314052
eISBN:
9780199871766
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

The Strides of Vishnu explores a wide range of topics in Hindu culture and history. Hinduism has often set out to mediate between the practical needs of its many communities and a ... More


 Maps and Myths in the Matsya Purana

Ariel Glucklich

in The Footsteps of Vishnu: A Historical Introduction to Hinduism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195314052
eISBN:
9780199871766
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314052.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter looks at the vast mythological texts called Puranas, with a special focus on the Matsya Purana. The vast cosmological periods (yugas) and the maps of the universe contained in these ... More


The Great Men of Jainism In Utero: A Survey

Eva De Clercq

in Imagining the Fetus: The Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195380040
eISBN:
9780199869077
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380040.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society, World Religions

In “The Great Men of Jainism In Utero,” an overview is provided of the intrauterine lives of the sixty-three heroes of the “Universal History” of the Jains. A central motif in these accounts is a ... More


Numismatics and History: The Maurya-Gupta Interlude in the Gangetic Plain

Shailendra Bhandare

in Between the Empires: Society in India 300 BCE to 400 CE

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195305326
eISBN:
9780199850884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305326.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In the context of the chronological and geographic limits to which this chapter is confined, the main body of literary evidence utilized for historical reconstruction by the exponents of the textual ... More


The Authors

Romila Thapar

in Time as a Metaphor of History: Early India: The Krishna Bharadwaj Memorial Lecture

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195637984
eISBN:
9780199081912
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195637984.003.0004
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter focuses on disagreements between astronomers regarding time calculations. One astronomer rejected the unequal length of the four yugas; Āryabhaṭa in the fifth century AD was singled out ... More


Introduction

Veena Das

in Structure and Cognition: Aspects of Hindu Caste and Ritual

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077404
eISBN:
9780199081172
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077404.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Theory

This introductory chapter discusses Hindu caste and ritual. It examines the religious texts in Sanskrit, which serve as relevant sources of information on Indian society. It takes a look at ... More


Cosmological Time

Romila Thapar

in Time as a Metaphor of History: Early India: The Krishna Bharadwaj Memorial Lecture

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195637984
eISBN:
9780199081912
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195637984.003.0003
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter discusses constructions of cosmological time in early India. In what has been called the yuga astronomy of the fifth century AD, Indian astronomers calculated that a kalpa — the longest ... More


Myth and History

Romila Thapar

in Time as a Metaphor of History: Early India: The Krishna Bharadwaj Memorial Lecture

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195637984
eISBN:
9780199081912
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195637984.003.0006
Subject:
History, Indian History

This chapter discusses the relationship between myth and history. It has been argued that myths narrate events in primordial, atemporal moments which constitute sacred time, and differ from the ... More


Tree Worship in India

David L. Haberman

in People Trees: Worship of Trees in Northern India

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199929177
eISBN:
9780199332960
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199929177.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter begins with a consideration of tree worship as a worldwide phenomenon, exploring the sentience of trees in such practices as the worship of oak trees in Europe. The specific worldview ... More


Yogi Gods

in Sinister Yogis

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226895130
eISBN:
9780226895154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226895154.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

A yogi's powers of omniscience entail extensions of his person that radiate far beyond the contours of his physical body, into the furthest reaches of the cosmos. In effect, a yogi's mind-body (or ... More


The Conquest of the World as Globe

Sumathi Ramaswamy

in Terrestrial Lessons: The Conquest of the World as Globe

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226476575
eISBN:
9780226476742
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226476742.003.0006
Subject:
History, Asian History

The dissemination of a modern planetary consciousness with the help of the terrestrial globe unleashed complicated processes of adopting, accommodating, deflecting, or rejecting Modern Earth across ... More


Introduction

Mandakranta Bose

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: The Goddess

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198767022
eISBN:
9780191821226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198767022.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

Beginning by recognizing that the idea of female divinity in Hinduism has been a mystery from the inception of Hindu theology, this Introduction proceeds to an overview of the contents of this ... More


Cosmological, Devotional, and Social Perspectives on the Hindu Goddess

Tracy Pintchman

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: The Goddess

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198767022
eISBN:
9780191821226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198767022.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

Although Hindus recognize and revere a variety of different, discrete goddesses, they also tend to speak of “The Goddess” as a singular and unifying deity. This chapter focuses on three dimensions of ... More


The Elusive Sarasvatī: A Goddess, a River, and the Search for the Universal in the Particular

Elizabeth Mary Rohlman

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: The Goddess

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198767022
eISBN:
9780191821226
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198767022.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism, World Religions

The goddess Sarasvatī is no less elusive or powerful than the river Sarasvatī, and it is through her compound role as river, speech, and goddess that she develops into a perplexing deity. Indologists ... More


Vows and Observances: vrata

Donald R. Davis Jr.

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Law: A New History of Dharmaśāstra

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198702603
eISBN:
9780191772276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198702603.003.0026
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter traces the semantic and practical evolution of Hindu religious vows and observances called vrata. The general historical trajectory moves from vratas as the ascetic regimens in Vedic ... More


History of the Reception of Dharmaśāstra

Donald R. Davis

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Law: A New History of Dharmaśāstra

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198702603
eISBN:
9780191772276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198702603.003.0029
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Dharmaśāstra has been received into many Hindu traditions as an influential source of authoritative norms and a touchstone for orthodox or classical Hinduism. This chapter traces points of connection ... More


Social and Literary History of Dharmaśāstra: Commentaries and Legal Digests

Donald R. Davis Jr. and David Brick

in The Oxford History of Hinduism: Hindu Law: A New History of Dharmaśāstra

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780198702603
eISBN:
9780191772276
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198702603.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter examines the development of the Dharmaśāstra tradition in medieval and early modern India and focuses on two genres or styles of textual production: commentaries and digests. The ... More


Types of Power

Carl Olson

in Indian Asceticism: Power, Violence, and Play

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780190225315
eISBN:
9780190225346
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225315.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, World Religions, Religious Studies

The major part of this chapter is an examination of the third chapter of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali concerning powers acquired by ascetics. The discussion about various types of powers is expanded ... More


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