Journals Higher Education



17 December 2009

208 Pages | 6 line illus.

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195378528

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A Priest's Guide for the Great Festival Aghorasiva's Mahotsavavidhi

Richard H Davis

South Asia Research

Richard Davis's translation of the Mahotsavavidhi, a twelfth-century Sanskrit text, is the first translation into a European language of any medieval Sanskrit work on temple festivals. There have been numerous studies of temple festivals and processions based on ethnographic observations and on recent historical data, but the historical study of this dramatic religious practice during earlier periods has relied on speculation. Davis's groundbreaking volume will provide a new foundation for the study of the history of South Indian temple festivals as a cultural practice.


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