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Cult of the Goddess: Social and Religious Change in a Hindu Temple [Paperback]

James J. Preston
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January 1985 088133135X 978-0881331356
Bringing alive the practice of Hinduism in the fabric of Indian life! This compact volume provides an opportunity for readers to have a glimpse into the inner workings of one of the great world religions, to explore the meaning of religion in the lives of the people of India, and to discover how goddess worship continues to thrive in the modern world. It reveals also the value of the anthropological approach for the comparative study of religion.

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Titles of related interest from Waveland Press: Gold, Fruitful Journeys: The Ways of Rajasthani Pilgrims (ISBN 9781577661337) and Knipe, Hinduism: Experiments in the Sacred (ISBN 9781577660118).

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  • Paperback: 109 pages
  • Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc (January 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088133135X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881331356
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,960,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad synopse of Hinduism, but...... October 25, 1999
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Preston lacks the influence to be objective when it comes to Chandi Temple. His use of the theories of darshan and ahtman-brahman lack the theoretical context the subject deserves. More emphasise on the symbolice ritual is desired. He does not go into the theories of how the group. expresses itself i.e. vocal/intellectual, symbolic expression/rituual, and social structural/praxise
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By S Raff
Preston you pompous turd. I can't believe you force your students to buy your thesis. Isn't simply having you lecture torture enough? Sadistic bastard. To those reading this review...sorry if you don't like it, but the book was really a snoozefest.
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