Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Consecration Rituals in South Asia

Leiden: Brill, 2017. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 1x, (1), 395, (1)pp. Index. Pictorial boards with lilac/gray spine lettered in white. Illustrated with numerous black & white photos. A fine, as new copy, but one that is ex-library (with, however, minimal library markings -- i.e. rubber stamp on title page and at bottom of text block).

The essays in the volume 'Consecration rituals in South Asia' address the ritual procedures that accompany the installation of temple images in Shaiva, Vaishnava, Buddhist and Jain contexts, in various traditions and historical periods. Through the performance of complex rites designated with the term pranapratishtha (establishment of, or infusion with, life), man-made sculptures are ritually transformed into (receptacles of) deities. The collection is thematically and methodically broad, with a large number of detailed textual studies, but also with ethnographic contributions that discuss contemporary instances of consecration rituals. Among the overarching themes are issues related to historical continuity and change, as well as transformational moments in such rituals. (Publisher)

Contents: Intro -- Contents -- Notes on Contributors -- 1 Consecration Rituals in South Asia: An Introduction -- 2 Vedic Astrology and the Prehistory of Varāhamihira's Pratiṣṭhāpanādhyāya: Image Installation as Apotropaic Consecration -- 3 On Image-Installation Rites (liṅga-pratiṣṭhā) in the Early Mantramārga -- 4 The Ratnanyāsa (Placing of Gems) Ritual in the Devyāmata, an Early Śaiva Pratiṣṭhātantra -- 5 The Importance of Pratiṣṭhā Ceremonies in the Śaivāgamas -- 6 Studies in Dhāraṇī Literature IV: A Nāga Altar in 5th Century India -- 7 At the Crossroads of Art and Religion: Image Consecration in the Pāñcarātrika Sources -- 8 Choosing an ācārya for Temple Construction and Image Installation -- 9 'Re-Installation' of Idols Replacing Damaged Ones, with Special Reference to the Ritual Literature of Kerala -- 10 The Planting of Trees and the Dedication of a Garden: A Comparison with the Image Pratiṣṭhā -- 11 The Sūrimantra and the Tantricization of Jain Image Consecration -- 12 Āgamic Temple Consecration Transnationalized -- 13 Ritual Observed: Notes on the Structure of an Image Installation -- Index.

Volume 155 in the Brill's series, "Numen Book Series. Studies in the History of Religions." near fine. Item #52914
ISBN: 9789004313705

Price: $95.00

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