Ashes and Powers: Myth, Rite and Miracle in an Indian God-Man's Cult

  title={Ashes and Powers: Myth, Rite and Miracle in an Indian God-Man's Cult},
  author={Deborah Swallow},
  journal={Modern Asian Studies},
  pages={123 - 158}
  • D. Swallow
  • Published 1 February 1982
  • History
  • Modern Asian Studies
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