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Author Veer, Peter van der.

Title Gods on earth : the management of religious experience and identity in a North Indian pilgrimage centre / Peter van der Veer
Published London ; Atlantic Highlands, NJ : Athlone Press, 1988


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Description xv, 310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Series Monographs on social anthropology / London School of Economics ; no. 59
Monographs on social anthropology ; no. 59
Contents I. Ayodhya: time and place. Introduction ; Sarayu and the ghats ; The presence of Ram ; The conjunction of time and place ; Ayodhya in history -- II. Problems and perspectives. The study of meaning ; Hinduism: the orientalist perspective ; The study of pilgrimage centre -- III. Devotion and ascetisicm. Introduction ; Tradition and identity ; Tyagis ; Nagas ; Rasiks ; Conclusion: The Ramanandis, an open category -- IV. The sacred as a profession. Introduction ; The ideal Brahman as an ideological construct ; The formation of professional identities ; Competition and violence ; Conclusion: Values and existence -- V. Conclusion -- Appendix 1. Kanak Bhavan, an example of a temple built by a raja -- Appendix 2. Caste temples -- Appendix 3. Rules and regulations of Hanumangarhi -- Glossary
Analysis India (Republic). Uttar Pradesh Ayodhya Hindu life
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [296]-303
Notes Monographs on social anthropology no:59 0077-1074
Subject Hindu priests -- India -- Ayodhya (Faizabad)
Hinduism -- India -- Ayodhya (Faizabad)
Ayodhya (Faizabad, India) -- Religious life and customs.
LC no. 88019456
ISBN 0485195100