Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "I know of nothing in its field that approaches this collection in scope and quality. Superior both in objectivity and in command of Sanskrit, its contributors represent the new grade of excellence in Asian studies produced in half a century of academic maturation in America. In this continent, no better selection could have been made. -- Norvin J. Hein, Yale University "The bibliography by Alper is a tremendous piece of work --almost publishable in and of itself." -- Brian K. Smith, Barnard College "Its greatest asset is the contribution it makes to the scholarly study of Indian religions, and more broadly to the study of ritual and to the philosophy of language." -- Glenn Yocum, Whittier College. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Inhaltsangabe: Understanding Mantras explores the origin, nature, function, and significance of mantras within the bounds of the Hindu tradition. It analyzes the use of mantras in the Vedic age, in the great theistic movements of Saivism and Vaisnavism, and in Tantra. A brief introduction by Alper outlines the major controversies in Western scholarship concerning the nature of mantras and gives an insightful and suggestive paradigm for resolving the issues. The essays provide enlightenment into the Indian mantric tradition, and into Western attempts to understand that tradition. They also discuss the issues surrounding the debate over whether mantras should count as instances of language.
Of immeasurable worth is the comprehensive bibliographical and methodological essay and list contributed by Professor Alper. This essay covers more than 1600 items and situates mantra contextually in Indian history, society, and culture. It approaches a bibliography of all of Hinduism and will serve as an invaluable tool for future research.
Harvey P. Alper was Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University from 1974 to 1987. As a Sanskritist, his primary interest was the religious traditions of South Asia. He served as editor of the SUNY series on Saiva Traditions of Kashmir. Professor Alper died suddenly on April 4, 1987 after completing the editorial work on the present volume.
Inhaltsangabe: This book explores the origin, nature, function and significance of mantras within the bounds of the hindu tradition. It analyses the use of mantras in vedic age in the great theistic movements of Saivism and Vaishanavism and in Tantra. The introduction outlines the controversies in western scholarship concerning the nature of mantras and gives an insighhtful paradigm for resolving the issues. these essays provide enlightenment into the indian mantric tradition. Of immeasurable worth is the comprehensive bibliographical essay and list contributes by Prof. Alper. It covers more than 1600 items and situates mantra contextually in indian history, society and culture. It approaches a bibliography on all of hinduism and will serve as an invaluable tool foe future research.
Buchbeschreibung State University of New York Press. Paperback. Buchzustand: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 2619962406
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Buchbeschreibung State University of New York Press, 2008. Paperback. Buchzustand: Brand New. reprint edition. 530 pages. This item is printed on demand. Buchnummer des Verkäufers zk143842602X