Hindu Myth, Hindu History (Religion, Art, and Politics)

Item Code: IDI512
Author: Heinrich Von Stietencron
Publisher: Permanent Black
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8178241226
Pages: 327 (B & W Illus: 39)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.7" X 5.4
Weight 550 gm
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Book Description

It is to my many friends in India and to scholars in the English speaking world that I dedicate this volume of select paper, most of them published originally in the German language. This is the first in a series of three or four books that will follow as the translation proceeds.

Most of the translation are to the credit of Mitch Cohen, Berlin, whom I was fortunate to meet during my stay at the Wissen-schaftskolleg in 1996. One is by Dr. Seriate Mueller, a former student of mine who is now an established scholar herself. Where no translator is mentioned, the possible shortcomings in the English expression are my own.

The credit for redaction and digital preparation of the entire book goes to Dr. Martin Christof-Fuechsle: he too a former student and long-time associate of mine in Indian Studies, whose voluminous update of the Epic and Puranic Bibliography (ca. 2000 pages) is almost ready for print.

Bibliographical notes originally placed at the end of each of the original papers have been transferred to a consolidated bibliography at the end of the book.

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Heinrich von Stietencron has been Professor of Indology and Comparative History of Religion (173-98) at the University of Tuebingen. He has written widely (mostly in German), on the epics and the Puranas, on temple symbolism and iconography, and on religious practice and social structure. He has devoted many years to field research in Orissa, documenting the many temples and studying the manuscript traditions of the region. He is chief editor of the annotated Epic and Puranic Bibliography (1992). He was awarded the Padma Shree in 2004, the only foreign scholar to have received this honour.

1Political Aspects of Indian Religious Art7
2Calculating Religious Decay: The Kaliyuga in India31
3Orthodox Attitudes Towards Temple Service and Image Worship in Ancient India51
4The Puranic Genealogies and the Date of the Buddha65
5Bhairava: Facets of a Hindu Deity105
6The Goddess Durga Mahisasuramardini: Myth, Representation and Historical Role in The Hinduization of India115
7Planned Syncretism: Emperor Akbar's Religious Policy173
8The Preconditions of Western Research on Hinduism and their Consequences195
9Hinduism: On the Proper Use of a Deceptive Term
10Religious Configurations in Pre-Muslim India249
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