Feeding the dead : ancestor worship in ancient India / Matthew R. Sayers
- Sayers, Matthew R.
- New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource
- Oxford scholarship online: ezaccess.libraries.psu.edu
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Ancestral Rites in the Early Vedas -- 2.The Solemn Ancestral Rites -- 3.The Domestic Rice-Ball Sacrifice to the Ancestors -- 4.The Sraddha-Rite -- 5.Ancestral Rites in the Buddhist Literature -- 6.Soteriology -- 7.Mediation.
- Despite strong associations with the concept of reincarnation, Hinduism, and its Vedic antecedents, exhibit a strong tradition of ancestor worship. This book describes the development of the classic form of ancestral rite, the sraddha, which is still practised in its contemporary form in India today. The author outlines the process whereby the domestic concern about sustaining one's Ancestors in heaven is incorporated into the Vedic ritual cycle and the codification of the domestic rituals of ancestor worship in the Ghyasatras, the domestic ritual manuals.
- 9780199345564 (ebook)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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