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Author: Jagdish P Sharma
Editor(s): Jagdish P Sharma
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8121510481
This volume presents new perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences on some of the most important and enduring individuals and ideas in pre-modern India. It is hoped that they will prove of interest and some value to the general reader, as well as to the scholar, and will encourage them to pursue these topics further with the aid of notes, references, and bibliographies.
The power of ideas and significance of those who give expression to them is neither overlooks nor minimized by god students of history. However, different kinds of ideas and individuals seem to emerge to the force in different cultural traditions. These differ as do their preferences. One has to study each culture within its won context in order to appreciate and understand it fully. The present volume is devoted to such a study of traditional India. It includes ten contributions by as many scholars.
It treats of individuals such as Visvamitra, Bhrgu, the Buddha, Carvaka, the only female Jina Malli of the Jainas, Bidpai, Caitanya, Swami Dayananda, Mahatma Gandhi, and Swami Bhaktivedanta, to mention only the main figures, Ideas such as dissent, the miraculous, being superhuman, chastity, sati, spirit possession, ahimsa, asceticism, and bhakti are of perennial interest to those interested in India and its diverse cultural historical experiences.
PRITI KUMAR MITRA
Dissent in Ancient India
BALKRISHNA GOVIND GOKHALE
The Miraculous, Superhuman and Superpersonal in Early Buddhism
JAGDISH P SHARMA
Malli: The Jina Extraordinaire of Jainism
WALTER H MAURER
The Fables of Bidpai: The Story of Their Origin in India and Universal Diffusion
A Burning Question: Why does the Hindu Husband want His Wife to be Sati?
SUROJIT M GUPTA
Suttee The Rite of Widow-Burning in Medieval India
JOSEPH T F JORDENS
Gandhi and Dayananda: The Kathiawari Background of Two Great Indians
KETAYUN H GOULD
A Perspective on the Parsis: The Minority-Majority
GREGORY G MASKARINEC
A Choice of Vehicles: Spirit Intercessors of Jajarkot District, Nepal
CHARLES R BROOKS
The Meaning of Vrindaban: The Textual and Historical Development of a Sacred Pilgrimage Town