Because It Gives Me Peace of Mind

Because It Gives Me Peace of Mind

Ritual Fasts in the Religious Lives of Hindu Women

eBook - 1996
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Univ of New York Press
Explores the history and nature of vrats (ritual fasts) in text and practice, and the roles these rites play in the lives of Hindu women in North India.

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The first book-length study exploring the history and nature of "vrats," fasting rites that play an integral role in the religious lives of Hindu women in North India. Pearson integrates academic research with personal narratives from women who fast augmenting an understanding of the religious and philosophical significance of vrats. The result is an intimate glimpse into the concepts of Hindu time, spiritual purity, and the nature of popular religion. Perhaps most interesting is the revelation that Indian women use vrats as a source of empowerment in a culture that offers them little self-determination, and how its ritual practice represents a physical offering to the various deities that populate the Hindu worldview. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, c1996
ISBN: 9780585068114
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 315 p.) : ill


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