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The sacred marriage of a Hindu goddess

Author: William P Harman
Publisher: Delhi : Motilal Banarsidass, 1992, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book combines systematic textual study with descriptive fieldwork to explore the relationship between the human and the divine in Hindu life. For at least the past two hundred years, Hindus in southern India have celebrated the marriage of the goddess Mīnākshī to the Hindu god Śiva. This annual ten-day celebration is among the largest and most famous Hindu festivals, attracting hundreds of thousands of the  Read more...
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Named Person: Siva, (Hindu deity); Siva, (Hindu deity); Mīnākṣī; Shiva, Gott; Mīnākṣī.; Schiwa.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William P Harman
ISBN: 812080810X 9788120808102
OCLC Number: 26981502
Notes: "First published: 1989, Indiana University Press. Reprint: Delhi, 1992. For sale in India only."--Title page verso.
Description: 232 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: The sacred marriage metaphor in religious studies and in Hinduism --
'The story of Śiva's sacred games' : A text and its contexts --
The founding marriage : The Goddess weds Śiva in the text --
The primacy of the Goddess : Madurai's annual marriage festival --
What marriage does : Deification, transformation, and the social order --
The bonds sacred marriage creates : kinship terms in personal devotion.
Responsibility: William P. Harman.

Abstract:

This book combines systematic textual study with descriptive fieldwork to explore the relationship between the human and the divine in Hindu life. For at least the past two hundred years, Hindus in southern India have celebrated the marriage of the goddess Mīnākshī to the Hindu god Śiva. This annual ten-day celebration is among the largest and most famous Hindu festivals, attracting hundreds of thousands of the faithful each year. This work examines this important ritual event from a variety of perspectives, including the history of religions, Sanskrit and Tamil textual traditions, and Hindu culture. Moving beyond traditional understandings of the category of 'sacred marriage' derived from studies of the ancient Near East, the author reveals that sacred marriage in India functions as a devotional metaphor for Hindu devotees, a way of understanding how deities act toward one another and toward those who worship them.

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