Character Of The Self In Ancient India The

Author: Brian Black
Publisher: SUNY Press
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Character Of The Self In Ancient India The. Explores the narratives and dialogues of the Upanisads and shows that these literary elements are central to an understanding of Upanishadic philosophy.

The Character Of The Self In Ancient India Priests Kings And Women In The Early Upanishads

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The Character Of The Self In Ancient India Priests Kings And Women In The Early Upanishads. Explores the narratives and dialogues of the Upanisads and shows that these literary elements are central to an understanding of Upanishadic philosophy. This groundbreaking book is an elegant exploration of the Upanisads, often considered the fountainhead of the rich, varied philosophical tradition in India. The Upanisads, in addition to their philosophical content, have a number of sections that contain narratives and dialogues--a literary dimension largely ignored by the Indian philosophical tradition, as well as by modern scholars. Brian Black draws attention to these literary elements and demonstrates that they are fundamental to understanding the philosophical claims of the text. Focusing on the Upanishadic notion of the self (atman), the book is organized into four main sections that feature a lesson taught by a brahmin teacher to a brahmin student, debates between brahmins, discussions between brahmins and kings, and conversations between brahmins and women. These dialogical situations feature dramatic elements that bring attention to both the participants and the social contexts of Upanishadic philosophy, characterizing philosophy as something achieved through discussion and debate. In addition to making a number of innovative arguments, the author also guides the reader through these profound and engaging texts, offering ways of reading the Upanisads that make them more understandable and accessible. "This is an outstanding book."--Patrick Olivelle, editor of Between the Empires: Society in India 300 BCE to 400 CE "This is the finest, most insightful, and most theoretically sophisticated book on the Upanisads I have ever read. For years I have had students come up to me after class and ask me to recommend a book on the Upanisads and I never could. Now, at last, we have a long critical read of these texts from a multitheoretical perspective: sociological, historical, rhetorical, and gendered."--Jeffrey J. Kripal, author of The Serpent's Gift: Gnostic Reflec.

Gender And Narrative In The Mahabharata

Author: Simon Brodbeck
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134119941
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Gender And Narrative In The Mahabharata. The Sanskrit Mahabharata is one of the most important texts to emerge from the Indian cultural tradition. At almost 75,000 verses it is the longest poem in the world, and throughout Indian history it has been hugely influential in shaping gender and social norms. In the context of ancient India, it is the definitive cultural narrative in the construction of masculine, feminine and alternative gender roles. This book brings together many of the most respected scholars in the field of Mahabharata studies, as well as some of its most promising young scholars. By focusing specifically on gender constructions, some of the most innovative aspects of the Mahabharata are highlighted. Whilst taking account of feminist scholarship, the contributors see the Mahabharata as providing an opportunity to frame discussion of gender in literature not just in terms of the socio-historical roles of men and women. Instead they analyze the text in terms of the wider poetic and philosophical possibilities thrown up by the semiotics of gendering. Consequently, the book bridges a gap in text-critical methodology between the traditional philological approach and more recent trends in gender and literary theory. Gender and Narrative in the Mahabharata will be appreciated by readers interested in South Asian studies, Hinduism, religious studies and gender studies.

Dialogue In Early South Asian Religions

Author: Dr Brian Black
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 1409440125
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Dialogue In Early South Asian Religions. Dialogue between characters is an important feature of South Asian religious literature: entire narratives are often presented as a dialogue between two or more individuals, or the narrative or discourse is presented as a series of embedded conversations from different times and places. Including some of the most established scholars of South Asian religious texts, this book examines the use of dialogue in early South Asian texts with an interdisciplinary approach that crosses traditional boundaries between religious traditions. The contributors shed new light on the cultural ideas and practices within religious traditions, as well presenting an understanding of a range of dynamics - from hostile and competitive to engaged and collaborative. This book is the first to explore the literary dimensions of dialogue in South Asian religious sources, helping to reframe the study of other literary traditions around the world.

The Concealed Art Of The Soul

Author: Jonardon Ganeri
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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The Concealed Art Of The Soul. Jonardon Ganeri compares classical Indian and contemporary Western accounts of the self.

Dialogue And Early South Asian Religions

Author: Laurie L. Patton
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
ISBN: 9781409440123
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Dialogue And Early South Asian Religions. 'Dialogue and Early South Asian Religions' examines the use of dialogue in early South Asian texts with an interdisciplinary approach that crosses traditional boundaries between religious traditions. The contributors, including some of the most established scholars of South Asian religious texts, shed new light on the cultural ideas and practices that were accepted across religious traditions, as well presenting an understanding of the competitive and often hostile dynamics among different religious traditions.

Upani Ads

Author: Patrick Olivelle
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192835765
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Upani Ads. The Upanisads are the central scriptures of Hinduism. They represent some of the most important literary products in the history of Indian culture and religion, both because they played a critical role in the development of religious ideas in India and because they are our greatest source for the religious, social, and intellectual history of ancient India. Composed at a time of great social, economic, and religious change, the Upanisads document the transition from the archaic ritualismof the Veda into new religious ideas and institutions. The first major English translation of the ancient Upanisads for over half a century, Olivelle's work incorporates the most recent historical and philological scholarship. The introduction and detailed notes make this edition ideal for the non-specialist as well as for students of Indian religions.