Bringing the Gods to Mind: Mantra and Ritual in Early Indian Sacrifice / Edition 1

Bringing the Gods to Mind: Mantra and Ritual in Early Indian Sacrifice / Edition 1

by Laurie L. Patton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520240871

ISBN-13: 9780520240872

Pub. Date: 06/27/2005

Publisher: University of California Press

This elegantly written book introduces a new perspective on
Indic religious history by rethinking the role of mantra in Vedic ritual.
In Bringing the Gods to Mind, Laurie Patton takes a new look at mantra as "performed poetry" and in five case studies draws a portrait of early
Indian sacrifice that moves beyond the well-worn categories of "magic"

Overview

This elegantly written book introduces a new perspective on
Indic religious history by rethinking the role of mantra in Vedic ritual.
In Bringing the Gods to Mind, Laurie Patton takes a new look at mantra as "performed poetry" and in five case studies draws a portrait of early
Indian sacrifice that moves beyond the well-worn categories of "magic" and "magico-religious" thought in Vedic sacrifice. Treating Vedic mantra as a sophisticated form of artistic composition, she develops the idea of metonymy, or associational thought, as a major motivator for the use of mantra in sacrificial performance. Filling a long-standing gap in our understanding, her book provides a history of the Indian interpretive imagination and a study of the mental creativity and hermeneutic sophistication of Vedic religion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520240872
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
06/27/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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