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Yogi Heroes and Poets

Lorenzen, David N. [u.a.] [Hrsg.]:
Yogi heroes and poets : histories and legends of the Nāths / David N. Lorenzen and Adrian Muñoz, editors. - Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, 2011. - xviii, 228 S. : Ill.
ISBN 978-1-4384-3891-7
US$ 75,00 (Hardcover)
DDC: 294.5436
-- Angekündigt für November 2011 --

This book provides a remarkable range of information on the history, religion, and folklore of the Nāth Yogis. A Hindu lineage prominent in North India since the eleventh century, Nāths are well-known as adepts of Hatha yoga and alchemical practices said to increase longevity. Long a heterogeneous group, some Nāths are ascetics and some are householders; some are dedicated to personified forms of Shiva, others to a formless god, still others to Vishnu.The essays in the first part of the book deal with the history and historiography of the Nāths, their literature, and their relationships with other religious movements in India. Essays in the second part discuss the legends and folklore of the Nāths and provide an exploration of their religious ideas. Contributors to the volume depict a variety of local areas where this lineage is prominent and highlight how the Nāths have been a link between religious, metaphysical, and even medical traditions in India. [Verlagsinformation]

Preface. vii
David N. Lorenzen and Adrián Muñoz:
Introduction. ix
1. Purushottam Agrawal:
The Naths in Hindi Literature. 3
2. David N. Lorenzen:
Religious Identity in Gorakhnath and Kabir: Hindus, Muslims, Yogis, and Sants. 19
3. Daniel Gold:
Different Drums in Gwalior: Maharashtrian Nath Heritages in a North Indian City. 51
4. Ishita Banerjee-Dube:
Influence of the Naths on Bhīma Bhoi and Mahima Dharma. 63
5. David Gordon White:
On the Magnitude of the Yogic Body. 79
6. Ann Grodzins Gold:
Awakening Generosity in Nath Tales from Rajasthan. 91
7. Adrián Muñoz:
Matsyendra’s “Golden Legend”: Yogi Tales and Nath Ideology. 109
8. Lubomír Ondračka:
What Should Mīnanāth Do to Save His Life? 129
9. Csaba Kiss:
The Matsyendrasamִhitā: A Yoginī-centered Thirteenth-century Text from the South Indian Śāmbhava Cult. 143
Notes. 163
Bibliography. 199
List of Contributors. 219
Index. 221

DAVID N. LORENZEN is Professor of Asian and African Studies at the College of Mexico (El Colegio de México). He is the author or editor of several books, including Praises to a Formless God: Nirguni Texts from North India, also published by SUNY Press, and Who Invented Hinduism: Essays on Religion in History. Profile page.
ADRIÁN MUÑOZ is Associate Professor of Comparative Religion at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). Profile page.

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