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1 Dargahs: Abodes of the Saints

Mumtaz Currim and George Michell (eds.)

Marg Publications, Mumbai, India, 2004, 81-85026-65-3 / 9788185026657, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 23 Cms x 29 Cms 
Printed Pages: 152. 006974

Price: 85.00 USD
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2 Four Pilgrims

William Boulting

Asian Educational Services, New Delhi, India, 2001, 8120608054 / 9788120608054, Reprint, Hard Cover, New, New, 
Printed pages: 266. 034335

Price: 11.50 USD
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Images of Varahi: An Iconographic Study, Haripriya Rangarajan
3 Images of Varahi: An Iconographic Study

Haripriya Rangarajan

Sharada Publishing House, New Delhi, India, 2004, 81-88934-01-1 / 9788188934010, First Edition, Cloth, New, New, 19 Cms x 25 Cms 
Printed Pages: 259 with 99 b/w figures. 002885

Price: 39.50 USD
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4 Ritual and Mythology of the Chinese Triads: Creating an Identity

Barend J. Ter Haar

E.J. Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, 1998, 90-04-11063-1 / 9789004110632, First Edition, Hard Cover, New, New, 16.5 Cms x 25 Cms 
The extensive ritual and mythological lore of the Chinese Triads form the scope of this new paperback in Brill’s Scholar’s List. In it the reader will find a critical evaluation of the extant sources together with a true wealth of context. The core of the book is formed by a close reading of the initiation ritual, including the burning of incense, the altar, the enactment of a journey of life and death, and the blood covenant. Different narrative structures are also presented. These include the messianic demonological paradigm, political legitimation, and the foundation of myth. Triad lore is placed in its own religious and cultural context, allowing radically new conclusions about its origins, meanings and functions. This book is of special interest to social historians, anthropologists, and students of Chinese religious culture. 'Barend J. ter Haar's latest book is a breathtaking work of scholarship, charting new directions in the study of Chinese secret societies by grounding them in a sophisticated understanding of local popular and religious culture. If it is hardly the last word on this complex topic, no future work on secret societies, sectarian religion, or popular movements can afford to ignore this volume.' David Ownby, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 2000. Printed Pages: 534. 005030

Price: 175.00 USD
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The Book of Durga, Nilima Chitgopekar
5 The Book of Durga

Nilima Chitgopekar

Viking, New Delhi, India, 2001, 067004976X / 9780670049769, First Edition, Paperback, New, 12.5 Cms x 19.5 Cms 
Durga is unattainable, unfathomable, the Invincible One. Myths associated with her origin tell us that she is ‘Shakti?the female manifestation of cosmic energy—created by the fusion of the fierce energies of all the male gods and stronger than their combined strength. She is the scourge of demons, as she is protectress of the realms of gods and humans. Her anger is terrifying, her lust for victory in war overwhelming; on the battlefield she is merciless, even savage. Yet, she may just as easily transform into the consort of Shiva, daughter of the mountains, sister of the gods, or mother of her four children and of all mankind. It is this complexity that Nilima Chitgopekar explores as she takes us through captivating interpretations of myths, rituals, ancient scriptures and iconographic representations to unravel the enigma that is Durga. Her intense passion for the awesome power and majesty of the warrior-goddess couples with meticulous research to make The Book of Durga a truly fascinating read. Printed Pages: 144. 001895

Price: 5.00 USD
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