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Author Courtright, Paul B.

Title Ganeśa : lord of obstacles, lord of beginnings / Paul B. Courtright.

Publication Info. New York : Oxford University Press, 1985.


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  294.52 C866G    Check Shelf
Description xiv, 274 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 255-264.
Note Includes index.
Contents Abbreviations -- Guide to pronunciation -- The making of a deity. Who is Gaṇeśa? ; Two kinds of origins ; Gaṇeśa and the study of Hinduism -- The mythology of Gaṇeśa. Sources and methods ; Elephant symbolism in Indian culture ; Gaṇeśa's birth: substance and technique ; The severed head and broken tusk -- Ritual, psychological, and religious themes in the mythology of Gaṇeśa. Sacrifice and initiation: breaking up and making whole ; Father, mother, son, and brother ; Gaṇeśa and the demons ; Obstacles and thresholds -- The worship of Gaṇeśa. Moments of danger and power ; Gaṇeśa Caturthī, "Gaṇeśa's fourth" -- Gaṇeśa in a regional setting: Maharashtra. Maharashtra as a cultural region ; Sacred centers to Gaṇeśa ; Sacred persons and traditions: the Gaṇeśa Sampradāya ; Gaṇeśa and the Lokamanya: religious symbols and policy conflict -- Gaṇeśa: the protean God -- Appendix: The Śrī Gaṇapati Atharvaśīrṣa.
Subject Gaṇeśa (Hindu deity)
Indexed Term Hindu myths Gaṇeśa.
ISBN 0195035720
0195057422 paperback
9780195057423 paperback
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