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Feeding the dead : ancestor worship in ancient India

Author: Matthew R Sayers
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2013]
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Despite strong associations with the concept of reincarnation, Hinduism, and its Vedic antecedents, exhibit a strong tradition of ancestor worship. This book describes the development of the classic form of ancestral rite, the sraddha, which is still practised in its contemporary form in India today. The author outlines the process whereby the domestic concern about sustaining one's Ancestors in heaven is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Sayers, Matthew R.
Feeding the dead
(DLC) 2013012872
(OCoLC)837146587
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew R Sayers
ISBN: 9780199917488 0199917485
OCLC Number: 862077468
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 187 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
Ancestral rites in the early Vedas --
The solemn ancestral rites --
The domestic rice-ball sacrifice to the ancestors --
The Śrāddha-rite --
Ancestral rites in the Buddhist literature --
Soteriology --
Mediation --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Matthew R. Sayers.
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Feeding the Dead outlines the early history of ancestor worship in South Asia, from the earliest sources available, the Vedas, up to the descriptions found in the Dharmshastra tradition.  Read more...

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