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Banāras Revisited

Keul, István [Hrsg.]:
Banāras Revisited : Scholarly Pilgrimages to the City of Light / ed. by István Keul. - Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz, 2014. - 283 S. : Ill., graph. Darst., Kt. - (Ethno-Indology ; Vol. 14)
ISBN 978-3-447-10201-8
EUR 58,00
DDC: 294.53509542

In Banaras Revisited, scholars from various disciplines talk about their research in a city that has been described as a veritable microcosm of India: multifaceted, complex, vibrant, and full of contradictions. The themes range from the sensory aesthetics of everyday life to the history of the Marathas in Banaras; from Harishchandra, the “father” of modern Hindi, to the “tribals” of Nagwa; from the architecture of the gha?s to the works of the Austrian writers Zweig and Winkler; from ‘informative relationships’ with research assistants to the mediatization of goddesses; from reflections on public education to a contemporary literary chronicler of Assi; from “colonial ghosts” in the 1950s to present-day Western travelers. In addition to its thematic diversity, the volume benefits from another strong asset: the voices of its contributors, clearly audible in reflexive passages and personal vignettes that make the essays a useful reading also for undergraduates considering fieldwork in Banaras or elsewhere. [Verlagsinformation]

István Keul:
Banāras Revisited: Introduction. 7
Travis L. Smith:
Vārāṇasī Envisioned: Approaches to the Purāṇic Māhātmyas. 21
Heinz Werner Wessler:
The Grammar of Assī: Kashinath Singh and globalizing Banāras. 39
Mari Korpela:
Strong Vibes in Banāras: The views of Western sojourners on the Holy City. 49
Mathieu Claveyrolas:
The Orthodox Banāras or the Purification of Hinduism. 63
Rana P. B. Singh:
Banāras: Encountering the experiences and expositions of the spirit of place. 77
Annette Wilke:
Banāras: City of Sound: Reflections on the aesthetics of religion and spaces of cultural perception. 95
Irina Glushkova:
Banāras, the Concept of Tristhaḷī(-yātrā) and the Inflow of the Marathas: An alternative view. 113
Savitri Jalais:
Walking the Ghāṭs: A measured approach to the Banāras riverfront. 133
Vasudha Dalmia:
Storming Citadels. 151
Hillary Rodrigues:
Guides to Śiva's Beloveds: Teachers, friends, and helpers at the sacred threshold of Banāras. 159
Xenia Zeiler:
Ethno-Indology Expanded: Researching mediatized religions in South Asia. 173
Marc J. Katz:
Moments of Discovery in the City of Light: Proud tribals, Viśvanāth plays Holī, and the Potter's Taziya. 191
Reinhold Schein:
Enchantment and Repulsion: Two Austrian littérateurs in Banāras. 207
Nita Kumar:
Academic Pilgrimages: What I learnt on studying Banāras. 219
Mikael Aktor:
'God Has Many Hands': Unauthorised informants and informative relationships during fieldwork in Banāras. 233
Paul Younger:
Experiencing Banāras in the 1950s: Colonial ghosts and village tradition. 247
István Keul:
Formative Encounters? Field notes of Banāras. 259
Contributors. 275
Index. 279

ISTVÁN KEUL, Professor, Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen. Profile page.

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