Brill's encyclopedia of Hinduism

  title={Brill's encyclopedia of Hinduism},
  author={Knut A. Jacobsen and Helene Basu and Angelika Malinar and Vasudha Narayanan and Johannes Bronkhorst},
Covering the entire breadth of the previous five installments, volume VI of Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism is an essential reference guide offering systematized insight into the terminology of this comprehensive work of scholarship. In addition, it presents a dozen articles that are missing from earlier volumes. The rich general index consists of all terms from the past volumes. Each concept term included in the general index is glossed and identified by language (Sanskrit, the Indic… 
The Hindu pañcāyatanapūjā in the aniconism spectrum
ABSTRACT The Hindu pañcāyatanapūjā is the worship of five deities that can be in the form of five stones collected from various locations in South Asia. Each of these stones has visual properties
When the goddess was a woman : Mahābhārata ethnographies : essays
Explicitly acknowledging its status as a stri-sudra-veda (a Veda for women and the downtrodden), the Mahabharata articulates a promise to bring knowledge of right conduct, fundamental ethical,
From Worldly Powers to Jīvanmukti: Ritual and Soteriology in the Early Tantras of the Cult of Tripurasundarī
This article diachronically charts the distinctive soteriologies articulated in the earliest scriptures of the cult of Tripurasundarī, a popular trans-regional Śākta tradition, which was
Bṛhaspati and the Barhaspatyas
The name of Bṛhaspati is associated with the materialist doctrine in India. He is supposed to be the preceptor of the gods. It was in order to help them in their battle against the demons that he
Devotional Subjectivity and the Fiction of Femaleness: Feminist Hermeneutics and the Articulation of Difference
The hermeneutical project of this essay is to identify the priorities of a classical female Hindu poet-saint through analysis of her poetry and comparative analysis of an authoritative biography of
Ptolemy and Purāṇa: Gods Born as Men
This is an addendum to an earlier essay on the Purāṇic cosmograph interpreting it in terms of the principles of stereographic projection: Kloetzli (Hist Relig 25(2): 116–147, 1985). That essay
Performance as Religious Observance in Some Śaiva Ascetic Traditions from South and Southeast Asia
My essay synthesizes, and elaborates on, previous research on the overlaps between performative arts and ascetic traditions of the Śaiva Atimārga in South and Southeast Asia. My analysis focuses
Pañcārtha Before Kauṇḍinya
The term Pañcārtha in the title of Kauṇḍinya’s commentary on the Pāśupatasūtra, the Pañcārthabhāṣya, is usually taken to refer to the five categories (padārtha) distinguished by Kauṇḍinya: Kārya,
The Social Construction of Motherhood in Bengali Folklore
Four contexts are identified in Bengali folklore where the word mā (meaning ‘mother’) is used. The first involves a situation of basic and biologically prompted kinship. The second and the third
Organised Atheism in India: An Overview
This article provides an overview of the history and the aims and activities of organised atheism in India. Most of the contemporary atheist, rationalist, and humanist groups form part of a larger