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 Threshold Designs, Forehead Dots, and Menstruation Rituals:: Exploring Time and Space in Tamil Kolams

Vijaya Rettakudi Nagarajan

in Women's Lives, Women's Rituals in the Hindu Tradition

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195177060
eISBN:
9780199785438
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177060.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter explores the ways that women's religious practices cross boundaries and traverse thresholds, and emphasizes continuity and overlap between private and public domains. The focus is on the ... More


 Fifty Verses for the Lord of Gods: The Devanāyakapañcāśat

Steven P. Hopkins

in An Ornament for Jewels: Love Poems For The Lord of Gods, by Venkatesa

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195326390
eISBN:
9780199870455
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326390.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

A full translation of Venkatesha's Sanskrit stotra, the Devanayakapanchashat, with detailed thematic afterword and notes. Chapter situates Venkatesha's stotra in the history of Sanskrit stotra ... More


Jains in the World: Religious Values and Ideology in India

John E. Cort

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195132342
eISBN:
9780199834112
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195132343.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Jains in the World presents a detailed fieldwork‐based study of Jainism, focusing on the Svetambar Murtipujak Jains of north Gujarat. The book explains the institutional structures that ... More


Ideologies and Realms of Value

John E. Cort

in Jains in the World: Religious Values and Ideology in India

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195132342
eISBN:
9780199834112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195132343.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Summarizes the previous discussions of well‐being in Jainism, and analyzes the way the religious lives of the Jains give expression to a symbolically expressed religious value. The chapter shows how ... More


Auspiciousness and Purity

T. N. Madan

in The Hindu Householder: The T.N. Madan Omnibus

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198069409
eISBN:
9780199080038
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198069409.003.0016
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter further examines the householder's way of life in the light of the fundamental values of auspiciousness and purity. It attempts to clarify the notion of ‘auspiciousness’ and to examine ... More


Sharing, Caring, and Supernatural Attack

Nathaniel Roberts

in To Be Cared For: The Power of Conversion and Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520288812
eISBN:
9780520963634
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520288812.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Having discussed how slum dwellers imagine themselves as uniquely human in a nation that is plagued with the sin of caste, the book, in this chapter, reveals that slum dwellers’ moral ideals are, in ... More


The Abject Body of Infertility

Kalpana Ram

in Fertile Disorder: Spirit Possession and Its Provocation of the Modern

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824836306
eISBN:
9780824871307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824836306.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines how the temporality of spirit possession is intertwined with that of the female life cycle by focusing on the case of a woman named Santi, who had experienced possession ... More


Conclusion: The Social Consequences of ‘Sacralizing’ Women’s Familial Roles

Jaya Tyagi

in Contestation and Compliance: Retrieving Women's 'Agency' from Puranic Traditions

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199451821
eISBN:
9780199084593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199451821.003.0006
Subject:
History, Social History

The conclusion shows how women are identified with their bodies in religious traditions; however, women negotiate the boundaries that are defined for them, constantly pushing them. In this endeavour, ... More


Poetry as Prayer

Hamsa Stainton

in Poetry as Prayer in the Sanskrit Hymns of Kashmir

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190889814
eISBN:
9780190889845
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190889814.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter develops the study of poetry as prayer. It reviews recent scholarship on prayer and evaluates the perils and potential of prayer as a category of analysis in the study of South Asian ... More


Thresholds

Vijaya Nagarajan

in Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual, and Ecology in India- An Exploration of the Kolam

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780195170825
eISBN:
9780190858100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195170825.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter draws connections between the kōlam on the threshold and the pottu (or bindi) on the forehead. These ritual marks indicate the presence or absence of auspiciousness (or mangalam) and ... More


Kingship in a Portentous Age

Marko Geslani

in Rites of the God-King: 'Sānti and Ritual Change in Early Hinduism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190862886
eISBN:
9780190862916
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190862886.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Chapter 4 reveals the deep Vedic-astrological roots of mainstream Hindu sources (purāṇas) on the royal office (rājadharma). Connecting to recent post-Dumontian ethnographies on kingship and Indian ... More


Marrying Trees and Global Warming

Vijaya Nagarajan

in Feeding a Thousand Souls: Women, Ritual, and Ecology in India- An Exploration of the Kolam

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2018
ISBN:
9780195170825
eISBN:
9780190858100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195170825.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter expands the earlier discussion of embedded ecologies and argues that the daily ritual act of the kōlam is a symbol of generosity and hospitality and an act of reciprocity between the ... More


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