ISBN-10:
0231114478
ISBN-13:
9780231114479
Pub. Date:
08/11/1999
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Banaras: City of Light

Banaras: City of Light

by Diana L. EckDiana L. Eck
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Overview

This is the acclaimed study and interpretation of Banaras, the holy place of the Hindus.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231114479
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 08/11/1999
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Diana L. Eck is professor of comparative religion and Indian studies and director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University. She is the author of many books, including Darśan: Seeing the Divine Image in India and the editor of On Common Ground: World Religions in America, a multimedia CD-ROM, both published by Columbia.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Columbia Edition
Preface
Banaras: An Introduction
Banaras in Historical Perspective
The City of Shiva
The Sacred Circle of All the Gods
The River Ganges and the Great Ghats
Seasons and Times
City of All India
City of the Good Life
City of Death and Liberation
Appendix 1: Sanskrit Sources for the Study of Banaras
Appendix 2: The Zones of the Sacred City
Appendix 3: The Shiva Lingas of Kashi
Appendix 4: The Cycles of Kashi Goddesses
Appendix 5: Other Deities of Kashi
Appendix 6: The Year in Banaras: A Partial Calender
Note on Transliteration and Pronunciation
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Illustrations
Index

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