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Ancient Indian Rituals and their Social Contents

N.N. Bhattacharyya (Author)
Synopsis The first edition of this work evoked great scholarly interest and was acclaimed as a significant departure from the traditional type of indological research thus initiating a new line of historical enquiry. Dr.N.N.Bhattacharyya, whose contribution to ancient Indian history and civilization is widely Respected, holds that the beliefs and ideals of different civilizations are formulated in their rituals more explicitly than in any other culture trait which gives the study of ritualism a greater historical significance. For this reason the study of rituals should not be restricted to classifying their contents only. While their geographical and historical distribution should be delineated, it is equally necessary to take into account their basic purpose. This would help reveal the actual social set-up in which they were originally evolved. In this revised and enlarged edition, the author has demonstrated that all Indian rituals –ancient, medieval or modern- are based on certain well-defined principals, which are again inter- related to each other. He has tried to discover these principles after a careful analysis of the ingredients of various rituals. The formulations made in the earlier edition have been critically re-examined and the basic conclusions substantiated by fresh evidence from a variety of sources.
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About the author

N.N. Bhattacharyya

As an indologist, N.N. Bhattacharyya requires no Introduction. He retired as professor of History from Calcutta University and passed away in 2001. He wrote a large number of books most of which have gone into several printings.

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Title Ancient Indian Rituals and their Social Contents
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 8173046026
length xx+305p., Notes; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History