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Yogi Heroes and Poets: Histories and Legends of the Naths

David N Lorenzen (Editor) Adrian Munoz (Editor)

An exploration of the history, religion, and folklore of the Naths, a Hindu lineage known for Hatha yoga practice.

This book provides a remarkable range of information on the history, religion, and folklore of the Nath Yogis. A Hindu lineage prominent in North India since the eleventh century, Naths are well-known as adepts of Hatha yoga and alchemical practices said to increase longevity. Long a heterogeneous group, some Naths 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 Naths, their literature, and their relationships with other religious movements in India. Essays in the second part discuss the legends and folklore of the Naths 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 Naths have been a link between religious, metaphysical, and even medical traditions in India.

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About the authors

David N Lorenzen

David N. Lorenzen is Professor of Asian and African Studies at the College of Mexico. He is the author or editor of several books, including Praises to a Formless God: Nirguni Texts from North India and Who Invented Hinduism: Essays on Religion in History.

Adrian Munoz

Adrian Munoz is Associate Professor of Comparative Religion at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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Title Yogi Heroes and Poets: Histories and Legends of the Naths
Format Hardcover
Date published: 30.08.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789381406168
length 246p., 250mmX160mm.