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Worldly gurus and spiritual kings : architecture and asceticism in medieval India

Author: Tamara I Sears
Publisher: New Haven, Connecticut : Yale University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This pioneering book is the first full-length study of the matha, or Hindu monastery, which developed in India at the turn of the first millennium. Rendered monumentally in stone, the matha represented more than just an architectural innovation: it signaled the institutionalization of asceticism into a formalized monastic practice, as well as the emergence of the guru as an influential public figure. With entirely  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tamara I Sears
ISBN: 9780300198447 0300198442
OCLC Number: 855209414
Awards: Winner of PROSE (Architecture) 2015
Description: xiii, 284 pages : illustrations, maps ; 29 cm
Contents: In search of Drunken Peacocks : mapping monastic histories from forest to state --
Inscribing asceticism : epigraphic practices and the materiality of text --
From hermit's hut to guru's mansion : ascetic practice and monastic life at Kadwaha and Ranod --
Expanding arenas of devotion : temple icons and living sages at Terahi and Surwaya --
Constructing the guru : religious networks in the kingdom of the Kalachuris --
Epilogue and aftermath : the legacy of the Drunken Peacocks.
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