Bringing the Gods to Mind
- Mantra and Ritual in Early Indian Sacrifice
Beskrivelse: This elegantly written book introduces a new perspective on Indic religious history by rethinking the role of mantra in Vedic ritual. In Bringing the Gods to Mind, Laurie Patton takes a new look at mantra as 'performed poetry' and in five case studies draws a portrait of early Indian sacrifice that moves beyond the well-worn categories of 'magic' and 'magico-religious' thought in Vedic sacrifice. Treating Vedic mantra as a sophisticated form of artistic composition, she develops the idea of metonymy, or associational thought, as a major motivator for the use of mantra in sacrificial performance. Filling a long-standing gap in our understanding, her book provides a history of the Indian interpretive imagination and a study of the mental creativity and hermeneutic sophistication of Vedic religion.
- kr. 989,95