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Mythical Space, Cosmology and Landscape: Towards a Cultural Geography of India

Jai Pal Singh (Author) Mumtaz Khan (Author)
Synopsis This book is a collection of essays unravelling the mystery of glorious Indianness embedded in the landscape. The focus of some of the essays is on metaphors, images and symbols that emobody ideas and feelings in the landscape. The symbols transform the landscape into a signifying system. Out of the plurality of cultures that characterise India, the essays are devoted to a few important themes. Although, they define fundamental problems of cultural geography of India in small regions yet they have wider implications. Each chapter deals with a specific theme such as the Hindu worldview, the symbolism of a Hindu religious landscape, the meanings of erotic sculptures on the temple walls, the impress of Hindu cosmology on built environment, the dichotomy of built environment of medieval Hindu cities and the cultural landscape of Muslim Mewat. Besides landscape, a couple of essays are devoted to some other aspects of cultural geography of India such as marital migration in the rural social milieu of North Indian and gotra exogamy but caste endogamy and the sites of cultural contestations in the novels of Mohar Singh Yadav. These essays may be read as tales of how the authors have comprehended some aspects of the cultural geography of India. This book will be of some help to scholars engaged in comprehending the complexities of Indian cultural landscape.
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About the authors

Jai Pal Singh

Jai Pal Singh has taught geography at Government Arts College, Alwar (Rajasthan). He specializes in Hindu cosmology, rural settlements, the secular and religious landscape, marital migration and literary geography.

Mumtaz Khan

Mumtaz Khan teaches geography at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. His field of special interest includes cultural geography especially, folk regions, cultural landscape of Muslim Mewat, marriage field, literary geography, religious landscape, social morphology of rural settlements and dichotomy of built environment of Medieval Indian cities.

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Bibliographic information

Title Mythical Space, Cosmology and Landscape: Towards a Cultural Geography of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788178270456
length x+206p., Figures; Maps; Plates; Notes; References; Glossary; Index; 24cm.