Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism

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Subject: Asian Studies

Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen (Editor-in-Chief), University of Bergen, and Helene Basu, University of Münster, Angelika Malinar, University of Zürich, Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida (Associate Editors)

Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions. Its essays are original work written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism. The encyclopedia presents a balanced and even-handed view of Hinduism, recognizing the divergent perspectives and methods in the academic study of a religion that is both an ancient historical tradition and a flourishing tradition today. The encyclopedia embraces the greatest possible diversity, plurality, and heterogeneity, thus emphasizing that Hinduism encompasses a variety of regional traditions as well as a global world religion. Presenting all essays and research from the heralded printed edition, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism is now available in a fully searchable, dynamic digital format. The service will include all content from the six printed volumes..

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Author(s): Ariel Glucklich
The phenomena that can be described by the terms jādū or jādūṭona, ṭoṭaka, mūth, tantramantra - that is, magic, sorcery, witchcraft and so forth - are some of the most persistent and pervasive aspects of South Asian cultures. They extend from the earliest vedic texts and, without skipping any historical period, persist even in New Delhi and Mumbai at the present time. Today one can find practitioners in every geographic, linguistic and cultural area in South Asia – from the Himalayas to the tribal communities…


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Author(s): Jesse Knutson
Jayadeva is a uniquely celebrated Sanskrit poet of 12th/13th-century Bengal and the hallmark of medieval creativity in the language. His song-poem Gītagovinda has been so celebrated, especially in the eastern zone of the subcontinent, as to spawn a multitude of claims about his Maithili, Oriya, or Assamese origins. All of the available evidence points, however, to his service at the court of Lakṣmaṇasena of Bengal (1178–1205). He was a member of a vibrant literary salon that included the poets Dhoyī, Govardhana, Śar…