ISBN 9788124600726,Mrtyu, Concept of Death in Indian Traditions - Transformation of the Body and Funeral Rites

Mrtyu, Concept of Death in Indian Traditions - Transformation of the Body and Funeral Rites

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ISBN 9788124600726
Publisher

D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.

Publication Year 2005
ISBN-13

ISBN 9788124600726

ISBN-10 8124600724
Binding

Hard Back

Number of Pages 271 Pages
Language (English)
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Yama, in Hindu mythology, is the eschatologist and god of death. And is, thus, dreaded. Even in todays India, there is a fearful hesitancy, if not conscious avoidance, of any talk about him. Yet, paradoxically, the phenomenon of death does not evoke a similar fear in the Indian psyche- accepted, as it is, a natural event, a part of life: just like poverty, sickness and old age. Here is an insightful, at once compelling exposition of the phenomenon of death, based on plurimillennial tradition of the Hindus- which, despite the affirmation of Western attitudes in certain elitist sections of the urban society, has endured since the times of the Vedas and Indic Civilization. Exploring, contextually, the age-old Indian view of mortal existence: from the very moment of an individuals conception to hisher journey to the Kingdom of Yama- through the major phases of birth, growth and ageing, Professor Filippi unveils a complex network of sentiments, beliefs, scriptural references, customs, hopes, ritualistic practices and much else- relevant to the great adventure of death. Notwithstanding the sentimental undertones of the mrtyu-theme, Dr. Filippis work outstands for its rare scientific objectivity. It has grown from years of his rigorous research effort involving not only his extensive studies of Indian literature: classical as well as modern, but also his interviews with Indian samnyasins, brahmanas, relatives of the dead, and the persons living around the cremation grounds. Together with visual material, bibliographic references, and a glossary of non-English terms, the book holds out as much appeal to the general reader as to the specialist.
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