Rock Art of the Vindhyas

An Archaeological Survey - Documentation and Analysis of the Rock Art of Mirzapur District, Uttar Pradesh

Author: Ajay Pratap

Publisher: Archaeopress Archaeology

ISBN: 9781784912451

Category: Art

Page: 186

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Rock paintings and petroglyphs are a record of human memories. No doubt, this function defines in essence all archaeological objects. Yet some objects such as tools, beyond their symbolic value, are clearly fashioned for their utility. How does rock art as an object fashioned by human hands then differ from tools? What utility does it have beyond its symbolic value? The Vindhyan corpus of rock paintings has provided us with a very valuable opportunity to be answering such questions.

South Asian Archaeology 2007

Proceedings of the 19th Meeting of the European Association of South Asian Archaeology in Ravenna, Italy, July 2007. Historic periods

Author: Pierfrancesco Callieri,Luca Colliva

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Limited

ISBN: 9781407306742

Category: History

Page: 375

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A large collection on the latest research from the European Association of South Asian Archaeology. Art and Iconography forms a prominent theme.

Indian Archaeology in Retrospect

Archaeology and interactive disciplines

Author: S. Settar,Ravi Korisettar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788173043215

Category: Archaeology

Page: 505

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The Indian Archaeology In Retrospect Attempts To Take Stock Of The Progress Made In The Field Of South Asian Archaeology, Especially During The Latter Half Of The Twentieth Century. Fifty -Nine Papers, Spread Over Four Volumes, Are Contributed By A Team Of Scholars, Well-Known In The Areas Of Their Specialization.

Sinister Yogis

Author: David Gordon White

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226895157

Category: Religion

Page: 376

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Since the 1960s, yoga has become a billion-dollar industry in the West, attracting housewives and hipsters, New Agers and the old-aged. But our modern conception of yoga derives much from nineteenth-century European spirituality, and the true story of yoga’s origins in South Asia is far richer, stranger, and more entertaining than most of us realize. To uncover this history, David Gordon White focuses on yoga’s practitioners. Combing through millennia of South Asia’s vast and diverse literature, he discovers that yogis are usually portrayed as wonder-workers or sorcerers who use their dangerous supernatural abilities—which can include raising the dead, possession, and levitation—to acquire power, wealth, and sexual gratification. As White shows, even those yogis who aren’t downright villainous bear little resemblance to Western assumptions about them. At turns rollicking and sophisticated, Sinister Yogis tears down the image of yogis as detached, contemplative teachers, finally placing them in their proper context.

The dawn of Indian civilization (up to c. 600 B.C.)

Author: Govind Chandra Pande,Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy, and Culture,Centre for Studies in Civilizations (Delhi, India)

Publisher: Project of History of Indian Science Philosophy and Culture


Category: History

Page: 787

View: 978

The First Volume Is A New Adventure In The Historiography Of Indian Civiliztion. It Avoids The Ethnic And West-Centred Bias Which Has Been A Legacy Of Colonial Historiography. It Seeks Strict Scientific Objectivity, Differing From All Hitherto Existing Volumes Of This Kind By Giving Due Attention To Science And Philosophy In The History Of Indian Civilization. The Contributions Are Based On The First-Hand And Critical Study Of The Original Sources By The Best Known Experts. While Meticulously Attending To Chronology And Hard Data, The Volume Also Seeks To Understand Scientific And Philosophical Concepts, Methods And Theories. It Seeks To Present The Symbolic World Of Art And Culture As Grounded In Moral Vision As Well As Social Reality. The Work Is Designed To Be Of Use To Scholars And Specially To Students And General Readers. The Volume Is Divided Into Six Sections: Historiography; Technology And Social Evolution; Proto-History; The Vedas, Vedic Society And Ideas; And Foundations And Beginnings Of Systematic Science.

Early India

From the Origins to A.D. 1300

Author: Romila Thapar

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520242258

Category: History

Page: 555

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"Romila Thapar is the most eminent Indian historian. This superb book is not only the basic history of how India came to be and an introduction to how the writing of history takes shape, but also, not the least, a deconstruction of the historical myth and inventions on which is based the present intolerant and exclusivist Hindu nationalism. It is essential reading today."--Eric Hobsbawm "One of the world's most eminent historians of India, Thapar gives us a thoroughly revised edition of her authoritative general history. This one contains the accumulated research of the last thirty years and includes richly textured accounts of life in ancient India. Like its predecessor, this is indispensable reading for anyone interested in India's long and complex history."--Thomas R. Metcalf, Professor of History and Sarah Kailath Professor of Indian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, and co-author of A Concise History of India "Incorporating newer findings, methods, and interpretations, this thorough and outstandingly written addition to the author's highly acclaimed History of India, Volume One manifests her long and distinguished service to the study of Indian history. Thapar's skillful analysis of how India's past has been interpreted not only brings greater clarity to the understanding of contemporary India, but also contributes usefully to a broader study of history and historiography."--Peter L. Schmitthenner, Associate Professor of History, Virginia Tech

Our National River Ganga

Lifeline of Millions

Author: Rashmi Sanghi

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 3319005308

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 415

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There is a plethora of information available on the river Ganga in the form of books, blogs, articles, websites, videos. Unfortunately, most of the information about this famous river is in a scattered form and reproduced from unverified sources. This contributed volume is the first multi-author volume publication on this subject. The River Ganga includes a vast array of topics written by several authors of distinction. Topics include; hydrology, tributaries, water uses, and environmental features such as river water quality, aquatic and terrestrial flora/fauna, natural resources, ecological characteristics, sensitive environmental components and more. Part I gives a basic introduction of the Ganga river. The existing data and available information from various sources has been compiled in a pictorial fashion in the form of cmaps. Its cultural importance with changing times is also discussed. Part II looks at the rich biodiversity of the Ganga Basin. It gives a detailed description of the major floral and faunal biodiversity with special emphasis on the national aquatic animal dolphin and Sunderbans, the largest mangrove wetland in the world. Part III examines ‘The Ganga Water as it flows’. It focuses on the water quality as well as its associated challenges. Part IV looks at the complexities of issues confronting the river ‘Ganga in changing times’ be it snowmelt runoff, river bank erosion hazards and hydropower assessments; how the factors of population, poverty and pollution contribute to the fate of the river. Part IV touches on economic aspects derived from the river such as business opportunities and tourism.

Ecology and the politics of survival

conflicts over natural resources in India

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: Sage Publications Pvt. Ltd


Category: Nature

Page: 365

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In this volume, through case studies of forest conflicts and water conflicts in India, the authors have exposed the grim situation in a forceful and logical manner. Its logic does not remain confined to the Indian boundaries alone but extends to all over the world in general. . . . Dr. Vandana Shiva and her colleagues deserve profound admiration for their excellent work. It is a prize book, worthwhile to read and possess. --Indian Book Chronicle Relatively little has been written on India's ecological problems as they relate to political struggles: Shiva's stands apart as an essential treatise on the subject. --The Bookwatch The authors are some of the well-known experts in the field. . . . The book is worth reading, as it provides a comprehensive and in-depth current discussion on the issues of water and forest in India. --Development Update Due to thoughtless acts, our environment has endured harsh treatment, and in many cases, irreversible damage. Only now are we beginning to see some of the damage we have caused. Sponsored by the United Nation University's Programme on Peace and Global Transformation, this insightful volume analyzes ecology movements in contemporary society and the resulting conflicts over vital natural resources. The discussed theme relates to societies universally, and specifically addresses the intense and emerging social contradictions related to conflicts over natural resources rapidly surfacing in India. Looked at from a direct Third World perspective, rather than speculated by an outside perspective, the book examines how ecology movements have questioned the validity of dominant concepts of economic development in the world today. Shiva discusses thefundamental assumptions of modern economic development responsible for the conflicts and environmental degradation, and proposes a new development theory which supports sustainable development and the people's rights to justice and peace. Ecology and Politics of Survival will interest students and professors alike in ecology, environmental studies, development studies, sociology, and social studies of science. This work provides insights into the interlinkages between natural resource utilization and developmental priorities in India. . . . The book is an excellent contribution as it supports ecologists' sentiments with scientific data. It provides an insight into the unseen dimension of development programs. --Productivity The author provides systematic conceptual framework for analyzing the processes and structures of modern economic development from an ecological perspective. --Finance India The book under review by an author, who is both a scholar and an activist herself, is an eloquent expression of the ecological critique. The book, written in association with seven others, including the late B. V. Krishnamurthy, offers a well-articulated theoretical critique as well as a documentation of the conflicts over natural resources that took place in India in the seventies and the eighties. --Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics Indian writers about ecology and development, and Vandana Shiva in particular, are beginning to achieve the international attention they deserve. . . . It is a pioneering work because it provides an accessible set of explanations against which other case studies can be established and tested. . . . This powerful text by Shiva and colleagues . . . canhelp realize a change in training and thinking which we are all waiting for. --Pacific Affairs

Forager-Traders in South and Southeast Asia

Long-Term Histories

Author: Kathleen D. Morrison,Laura L. Junker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521016360

Category: History

Page: 288

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A unique re-assessment of forager-trader groups within the complex historical worlds of South and Southeast Asia.

Hinduism and the Religious Arts

Author: Heather Elgood

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0304707392

Category: Religion

Page: 246

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The roots between the Hindu religion and the wider culture are deep and uniquely complex. No study of either ancient or contemporary Indian culture can be undertaken without a clear understanding of Hindu visual arts and their sources in religious belief and practice. Defining what is meant by religion - no such term exists in Sanskrit - and what is understood by Hindu ideals of beauty, Heather Elgood provides the best synthesis and critical study of recent scholarship on the topic. In addition, this book offers critical background information for anyone interested in the social and anthropological roots of artistic creativity, as well as the rites, practices and beliefs of the hundreds of millions of Hindus in the world today.

Rock Art Studies in India

A Historical Perspective

Author: Somnath Chakraverty

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art, Prehistoric

Page: 64

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Ethnographic discourse of the other

conceptual and methodological issues

Author: Panchanan Mohanty,Ramesh C. Malik,Eswarappa Kasi

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Category: Philosophy

Page: 324

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Our book primarily tries to bring out the analogy between the conceptual and methodological discourses on the theme of the other. The term 'Other' we mean here, to make it more clearly, is oppressed sections of the society. It may be Dalit, Women, Tribe or Ethnic communities. Since we are living in multi-cultural or multi-lingual society, we should share our views in a plat form where the marginal people are addressed by different scholars by following different methods and techniques. Though, there are different policies and plans for the welfare of the down trodden, meagre change can be seen at the micro level structure of the Society. There are some studies which highlighted the problems and ethos of the down trodden sections majority of the studies neglected the marginal groups. Hence, there is a need to highlight the issues and concerns of the marginal groups in a wider context. This made us to think on the theme of 'Ethnographic Discourse of the Other: Conceptual and Methodological Issues'. The proposed volume attempts to discuss and also theorize the pragmatic concepts and issues related to marginal groups in contemporary societies in Asia and more so in India.The book will be inter-disciplinary in nature and useful to the scholars and students of the Anthropology, Sociology, Linguistics, Social Work, Gender Studies and Philosophy. It is widely applicable to all sections of the oppressed socially, economically, culturally, academically, politically and other wise.

Indian Esoteric Buddhism

A Social History of the Tantric Movement

Author: Ronald M. Davidson

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.

ISBN: 9788120819917

Category: Tantric Buddhism

Page: 475

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Despite the rapid spread of Buddhism the historical origins of Buddhsit thought and practice remain obscure.This work describes the genesis of the Tantric movement and in some ways an example of the feudalization of Indian society. Drawing on primary documents from sanskrit, prakrit, tibetan, Bengali, and chinese author shows how changes in medieval Indian society, including economic and patronage crises, a decline in women`s participation and the formation of large monastic orders led to the rise of the esoteric tradition in India.

The Masonry Defences of Roman Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum), North Hampshire

Building Materials, Building Styles and the Building Programme

Author: John R. L. Allen

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Oxford Limited

ISBN: 9781407311104

Category: Social Science

Page: 113

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A detailed study of the masonry defences of one of England's most important Roman sites. Erected in c. 270 AD, the masonry walls of the Roman town of Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum; Hampshire, S. England) are part of the third system in a series of defensive works. They stand today to a height of almost 5m and are composed of up to seven lifts or stages, each consisting of a flint core and facing (now almost completely robbed away), capped by a string-course of large blocks and slabs that stretches across the full width (c. 3m) of the walls, formed of a wide variety of rock-types foreign to the district.

Roots of Tantra, The

Author: Katherine Anne Harper,Robert L. Brown

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 079148890X

Category: Religion

Page: 270

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Among the many spiritual traditions born and developed in India, Tantra has been the most difficult to define. Almost everything about it its major characteristics, its sources, its relationships to other religions, even its practices are debated among sc

The Indian Rivers

Scientific and Socio-economic Aspects

Author: Dhruv Sen Singh

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9811029849

Category: Science

Page: 551

View: 9546

The book presents geomorphological studies of the major river basins – the Indus, Ganga and Brahmaputra and their tributaries. Besides major basins, the book explores peninsular rivers and other rivers state-by-state. All types of rivers, i.e. snow-fed, rain-fed and groundwater-fed rivers are explained together in geological framework. Rivers are lifeline and understanding of the rivers, their dynamics, science and socio-economic aspect is very important. However, different sources provide different data base for rivers. But a book which explains all major rivers of a country at a single place was not yet available. This book is the first book of its kind in the world which provides expert opinion on all major rivers of a country like India. This book complements works in these areas for the last two to three decades on major rivers of India by eminent professors and scientists from different universities, IITs and Indian research institutions. The information presented in the book would appeal to a wider readership from students, teachers to researchers and planners engaged in developmental work and also to common people of the society concerned with awareness about rivers.