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The Archaeology of Hindu Ritual : Temples and the establishments of the gods / Michael Willis.

By: Material type: TextTextLanguage: English Publication details: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.Edition: 1st pbk. edDescription: xiv, 375 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cmISBN:
  • 9781107460164 (pbk)
  • 9780521518741 (hbk)
Subject(s): Genre/Form: DDC classification:
  • 294.50934 23 WIL
Contents:
1. The archaeology and politics of time at Udayagiri 2. The Establishment of the gods 3. Ritual action and ritual actors
Summary: Willis examines how the gods of early Hinduism came to be established in temples, how their cults were organized, and how the ruling elite supported their worship. Examining the emergence of these key historical developments, Willis combines Sanskrit textual evidence with archaeological data from inscriptions, sculptures, temples, and sacred sites.
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1. The archaeology and politics of time at Udayagiri 2. The Establishment of the gods 3. Ritual action and ritual actors

Willis examines how the gods of early Hinduism came to be established in temples, how their cults were organized, and how the ruling elite supported their worship. Examining the emergence of these key historical developments, Willis combines Sanskrit textual evidence with archaeological data from inscriptions, sculptures, temples, and sacred sites.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-357) and index.

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