Pilgrimage in the Hindu Tradition

Salvific Space

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"Jacobsen’s book is a worthy and useful complement to past studies of pilgrimage in India." - Carl Olson Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, International Journal of Hindu Studies

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Salvific space is one of the central ideas in the Hindu traditions of pilgrimage, and concerns the ability of space, especially sites associated with bodies of water such as rivers and lakes, to grant salvific rewards. Les mer

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Salvific space is one of the central ideas in the Hindu traditions of pilgrimage, and concerns the ability of space, especially sites associated with bodies of water such as rivers and lakes, to grant salvific rewards. Focusing on religious, historical and sociological questions about the phenomenon, this book investigates the narratives, rituals, history and structures of salvific space, and looks at how it became a central feature of Hinduism.


Arguing that salvific power of place became a major dimension of Hinduism through a development in several stages, the book analyses the historical process of how salvific space and pilgrimage in the Hindu tradition developed. It discusses how the traditions of salvific space exemplify the decentred polycentrism that defines Hinduism. The book uses original data from field research, as well as drawing on main textual sources such as Mahabharata, the Puranas, the medieval digests on pilgrimage places (tirthas), and a number of Sthalapuranas and Mahatmyas praising the salvific power of the place. By looking at some of the contradictions in and challenges to the tradition of Hindu salvific space in history and in contemporary India, the book is a useful study on Hinduism and South Asian Studies.

Detaljer

Forlag
Routledge
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
208
ISBN
9780415590389
Utgivelsesår
2012
Format
23 x 16 cm

Om forfatteren

Knut A. Jacobsen is Professor in the History of Religions at the University of Bergen, Norway. He has published widely on religions in South Asia and in the South Asian diasporas.

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"Jacobsen’s book is a worthy and useful complement to past studies of pilgrimage in India." - Carl Olson Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, International Journal of Hindu Studies

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