The Hindu Rite of Entry into Heaven

The Hindu Rite of Entry into Heaven

And Other Essays on Death and Ancestors in Hinduism

ISBN: 9788120842441

Author: David M. Knipe

Subject: Hinduism and Its Sources

Language: English

Binding: Hard Back

Pages: 344

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass

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INR 900.00


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This book comprises a smorgasboard of essays on death, dying, funeral rituals, ancestor ceremonies, ghosts, and other subjects in the realm of Mrityu, the god of Death, and aparam, the Sanskrit and Telugu word for human End Time.  The focus stretches from the Rg Veda to present-day Hinduism, textual and non-textual.  The title of the book is that of the first essay, an ethnographic and Vedic/ Classical Sanskrit textual study of the sapinda ritual that occurs on the twelfth day of a full-scale, textually accurate funeral.  That field work was accomplished during a year-long study of funeral rituals in Varanasi, the ancient city of Kasi where it is most auspicious for Hindus to die and be cremated in a final sacrifice of the body.

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