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Published: 25 September 2008

688 Pages | 119 ht

6 1/8 X 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195369229

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The Body of God

An Emperor's Palace for Krishna in Eighth-Century Kanchipuram

D Dennis Hudson

This remarkable book is the crowning achievement of the great scholar of Hinduism D. Dennis Hudson. Although Hudson died without completing it, the work has been brought to fruition by editor Margaret Case. The book is a finely detailed study of a renowned Tamil Hindu temple, the Vaikuntha Perumal (ca. 770 C.E.). Hudson uses this temple as an illustration of one major current and historical stage in South Indian Vaisnava religion. He offers a sustained reading of the temple as a coherent, organized, minutely conceptualized mandala whose code can be cracked by close analysis of the temple iconography and structure in the light of major literary and religious texts.

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