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Unconventional Warfare In South Asia 1947 To The Present

Author : Kaushik Roy
ISBN : 9781351877091
Genre : History
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Unconventional war is an umbrella term which includes insurgencies, counter-insurgencies, terrorism and religious conflicts. Insurgencies and communal conflicts have become much more common in this region since 1947, and more people have died in South Asia due to unconventional wars than conventional warfare. The essays in this volume are organized in two sections. While the first section deals with insurgencies, counter-insurgencies and terrorism; the second section covers the religious aspects of the various intra-state conflicts which mar the multi-ethnic societies of South Asia.
Category: History

Women S Authority And Leadership In A Hindu Goddess Tradition

Author : Nanette R. Spina
ISBN : 9781137589095
Genre : Religion
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This book investigates women’s ritual authority and the common boundaries between religion and notions of gender, ethnicity, and identity. Nanette R. Spina situates her study within the transnational Melmaruvathur Adhiparasakthi movement established by the Tamil Indian guru, Bangaru Adigalar. One of the most prominent, defining elements of this tradition is that women are privileged with positions of leadership and ritual authority. This represents an extraordinary shift from orthodox tradition in which religious authority has been the exclusive domain of male Brahmin priests. Presenting historical and contemporary perspectives on the transnational Adhiparasakthi organization, Spina analyzes women’s roles and means of expression within the tradition. The book takes a close look at the Adhiparasakthi society in Toronto, Canada (a Hindu community in both its transnational and diasporic dimensions), and how this Canadian temple has both shaped and demonstrated their own diasporic Hindu identity. The Toronto Adhiparasakthi society illustrates how Goddess theology, women's ritual authority, and “inclusivity” ethics have dynamically shaped the identity of this prominent movement overseas. Based on years of ethnographic fieldwork, the volume draws the reader into the rich textures of culture, community, and ritual life with the Goddess.
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An Abode Of The Goddess

Author : Masahiko Togawa
ISBN : IND:30000111460832
Genre : Barddhamān (India : District)
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This Book, Based On The Field Survey, Is About A Village Society In Bengal, And Its Relationship With Hindu Kingship On The Ritual Organization Of An Old Temple. The Village Temple Is Well Known For Being One Of 51 Sakta-Pithas Scattered Over The Indian Subcontinent. Sakta-Pithas Mean Centres Of Sakti Worship Or Seat Of The Goddess Sati (Another Name Of The Goddess Durga) In Bengali, Where The Body Parts Of The Goddess Sati Fell To Earth After She Had Been Cut To Pieces By The Discus Of Visnu. Every Place Believed To Have A Sati`S Limb Became The Centre For The Worship Of The Sakti-Cult, Or An Abode Of The Goddess (Pitha-Sthan). The Village Temple Prospered Under The Patronage Of Maharaja Kirtichand (1702-40) Of Bardhaman Raj, Though The Temple History Is Far Older Than This. At The Beginning Of British Rule, The Royal Family Of Bardhaman Became The Largest Zamindar In Bengal. They Exercised Great Authority Over The Local Society Which Is Still Observable In The Various Ritual Processes. The Temple Organization Consists Of The Ritual Posts And Roles Assigned To The Various Castes, Lineages And Households, Which Are Fundamentally Based On The Kinship Relations In The Village. At The Same Time, The Temple Organization Is Founded On The Service Tenures Granted By The Bardhaman Raj Since The Early Eighteenth Century, And Even The Village Untouchables Are Endowed With Indispensable Roles In The Temple Ritual As Servants Of The Goddess. The Analysis Reveals The Strong Influences Of The Indigenous Polity Over Ordinary Life In The Rural Society.
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Between The Sea And The Sky

Author : P. T. Mathew SJ
ISBN : 9781506452005
Genre : Social Science
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Between the Sea and the Sky is an inquiry into the religious world of a traditional fishing community on the Southwest coast of India. It explores the vital role religious and spiritual beliefs play in sustaining people in such a precarious, even deadly occupation. Despite periodic natural calamities and the extreme challenges that accompany their everyday lives, a remarkable spirit of resilience is evident in this coastal community. Using the concept of 'lived religion,' Mathew explores the theological, religious, and spiritual contours of this remarkable community, and draws from them broader insights into the nature of belief.
Category: Social Science

Missionary Tropics

Author : Ines G. Županov
ISBN : 0472114905
Genre : History
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A provocative contribution to the history of early modern Euro-Asian interactions that provides new perspectives on the encounter between Catholicism and Hinduism in India
Category: History

Landscapes Of Urban Memory

Author : Smriti Srinivas
ISBN : 1452904898
Genre : High technology industries
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Social Mobility In Kerala

Author : Filippo Osella
ISBN : 074531693X
Genre : History
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The Izhavas are an ex-untouchable community in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Politically and economically weak, stigmatised as ‘toddy tappers’ and ‘devil dancers’, and considered unapproachable by clean caste Hindus, a century ago Izhavas were associated with other manual-labouring untouchable castes. In recent decades they have sought to improve their position by accumulating economic, symbolic and cultural capital through employment, religion, politics, migration, marriage, education and have tried to assert their right to mobility, often in the face of opposition from their high status Christian and Nayar neighbours. This study examines how Izhavas, through repudiation of their nineteenth-century identity and search for mobility, have come into complex relationships with modernity, colonialism and globalisation. Filippo Osella and Caroline Osella highlight the complexities and contradictions of modern identity, both locally and globally. The authors’ approach builds upon and goes beyond a south Asian focus, showing how the Izhavas represent the rise of formerly stigmatised groups who remain at the same time trapped by stereotype and material disadvantage. Absolute mobility, they argue, has not led to relative mobility within a society which remains stratified and prone to new forms of social exclusion.
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The Domain Of Constant Excess

Author : Rohan Bastin
ISBN : 9781789203677
Genre : Social Science
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The Sri Lankan ethnic conflict that has occurred largely between Sinhala Buddhists and Tamil Hindus is marked by a degree of religious tolerance that sees both communities worshiping together. This study describes one important site of such worship, the ancient Hindu temple complex of Munnesvaram. Standing adjacent to one of Sri Lanka's historical western ports, the fortunes of the Munnesvaram temples have waxed and waned through the years of turbulence, violence and social change that have been the country's lot since the advent of European colonialism in the Indian Ocean. Bastin recounts the story of these temples and analyses how the Hindu temple is reproduced as a center of worship amidst conflict and competition.
Category: Social Science

Rising India And Indian Communities In East Asia

Author : K Kesavapany
ISBN : 9789812307996
Genre : Social Science
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This edited volume containing thirty-five chapters focuses on three main contemporary issues: the phenomenon of "new Indians" in the past five decades, the impact of rising India on settled Indian communities, and the recent migrants. By examining these interrelated aspects, this study seeks to address questions like: what does "Rising India" mean to Indian communities in East Asia? How are members of Indian communities responding to India's rise? Will India pay greater attention to people of ...
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Historical Dictionary Of Sri Lanka

Author : Patrick Peebles
ISBN : 9781442255852
Genre : History
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The Historical Dictionary of Sri Lanka contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 700 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Sri Lanka.
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Blessed Epoch

Author : August Li
ISBN : 9781634776301
Genre : Fiction
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Enjoy the beginning the fantasy series Blessed Epoch by August Li in this Volume One bundle!
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The King S Three Bodies

Author : Burkhard Schnepel
ISBN : 9781000386936
Genre : History
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This collection of essays deals with the rituals of kingship and royalty in India, Africa and Europe from the social anthropological and ethno­historical points of view. It discusses the dialectical entanglements of rituals conducted for and by kings (including, ‘little kings’ and ‘jungle kings’) with the wider social, political, cultural, historical, religious and economic contexts in which they were embedded. Part I begins with a triangular comparison of kingship among the Shilluks of East Africa, the Gajapatis of eastern India and kings in Renaissance France. The essay entitled the ‘King’s Three Bodies’ makes use of Ernst H. Kantorowicz’s classical study, The King’s Two Bodies in medieval political theology and extends it, not only in terms of the numbers of bodies that are found to be significant, but also theo­retically. Another significant essay in this part looks at the unexpected but significant theoretical impact of social anthropological studies of acephalous, segmentary lineage societies in Africa on Indian historiography. The second part of this volume consists of three chapters dealing with the royal patronage of tribal and Hindu goddesses in Eastern India, while the third part presents studies on sleeping (and dreaming) kings and on the power of dead kings, a discussion of A.M. Hocart’s dictum that the first kings must have been dead kings. Please note: Taylor & Francis does not sell or distribute the Hardback in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
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Vicissitudes Of The Goddess

Author : Sree Padma
ISBN : 9780199325030
Genre : History
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Drawing on archaeological, artistic, sculptural and inscriptional sources and participant/observer insights, Sree Padma reconstructs a history of goddess worship in India from ancient times (before the rise of Buddhism and bhakti) to contemporary cults of deified women.
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Inventing And Reinventing The Goddess

Author : Sree Padma
ISBN : 9780739190029
Genre : Religion
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Popular religion in village India is overwhelmingly dominated by goddess worship. Goddesses can be nationally well-known like Durga or Kali, or they can be an obscure deity who is only known in a particular rural locale. The origins of a goddess can be both ancient—with many transitions or amalgamations with other cults having occurred along the way—and very recent. While some have tribal origins, others sprout up overnight due to a vivid dream. Inventing and Reinventing the Goddess: Contemporary Iterations of Hindu Divinities on the Move looks at the nature of how and why goddesses are invented and reinvented historically in India and how social hierarchy, gender differences, and modernity play roles in these emerging religious phenomena.
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Calling And Cull

Author : August Li
ISBN : 9781634774338
Genre : Fiction
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The world is changing, but who will determine what form it takes: the monarchy, the temple priestesses, an isolated and dangerous mage, a new foreign power, or the prince who ties them all together?
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