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Author Sarbadhikary, Sukanya, 1983- author.

Title The place of devotion : siting and experiencing divinity in Bengal-Vaishnavism / Sukanya Sarbadhikary.

Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xiv, 274 pages) : illustrations (some color).
Series South Asia across the disciplines ; 23
South Asia across the disciplines ; 23.
Books at JSTOR Open Access
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-260) and index.
Contents Introduction : siting and experiencing divinity in Bengal-Vaishnavism -- Discovering Gupta-Vrindavan : finding selves and places in the storied landscape -- Imagining in Gupta-Vrindvan : experiencing the self and emotions in the mind-heart landscape -- Bodying Gupta-Vrindavan : experiencing the self and emotions in the corporeal space -- Serving Gupta-Vrindavan : devotional service in the physical place and the workings of the "International society" -- Listening to Vrindavan : chanting and musical experience as embodying a devotional soundscape -- Conclusion.
Summary "The anthropology of Hinduism has amply established that Hindus have strong involvement with sacred geography. The Hindu sacred topography is dotted with innumerable pilgrimage places, and popular Hinduism is abundant with spatial imaginings. Thus Shiva and his partner, the mother goddess, live in the Himalayas, goddesses descend on earth as beautiful rivers, the goddess Kali's body parts are imagined to have fallen in various sites of Hindu geography sanctifying them as sacred centres, and yogis meditate in forests. Bengal similarly has a thriving culture of exalting sacred centres and pilgrimage places, one of the most important among them being the Navadvip-Mayapur sacred complex, Bengal's greatest site of guru-centred Vaishnavite pilgrimage and devotional life. The main question my book seeks to answer is what sites and senses of place beyond physical geographical ones can do to our notions of space/place, affect, and sanctity. While the contemporary anthropology of place and embodiment, following Edward Casey's philosophy (1993), is dominated by the idea of body-in-place, my book seeks to extend his formulations by also analysing cultural constructions and experiences of place in the body, mind etc. Traveling through both exterior and interior landscapes, I show that the practitioner inhabits Krishna's world through every daily religious practice. The synaesthesia that results from the overlap of these different planes of experience confirms the intensely transformative power of Vaishnava ritual processes"--Provided by publisher.
Language notes English.
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Vaishnavism -- India -- Bengal.
Sacred space -- India -- Bengal.
Anthropology of religion -- India -- Bengal.
Electronic book.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780520962668 (electronic bk.)
0520962664 (electronic bk.)
9780520287716 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0520287711 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
Standard Number 9780520962668