Sacred Complex of Budhi Santani: Anthropological Approach to Study Hindu Civilization

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  • Author :Prasnata K. Acharya
  • Year of Publication :2003
  • ISBN: :9788180690495
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 450
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: History, Religion

About the Book :

Several scholars in India and abroad have used the sacred complex model of Prof. L.P. Vidyarthi to study the nature and process of compromise and cooperation among various faiths, sects and traditions of Hindu civilization as reflected in different Hindu places of pilgrimage. This book has revealed the way the sacred complex model can be applicable to a single dominant shrine, as a nexus of ritual activities, economic cooperation and social ties, in understanding the characteristics of Hindu civilization. The author has used sacred complex as a conflux of seven elements comprising sacred geography, sacred performances, sacred specialists, sacred sacrifices, sacred sacrifices, sacred symbols and sacred beliefs, and has specifically attempted to explore the linkage of local pattern of Hindu social organization with the organization of sacred performances. The facts delineated in the book will be helpful to the researchers and educationists working on Hindu civilization.

About Author :

P.K. Acharya got his M. Sc. degree in 1979 and Ph. D. in 1994. He started his career as Lecturer in Anthropology in 1981 and rendered his service in different colleges of the State Government of Orissa till July 1998. Thereafter, he joined Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies (ICSSR Centre), Bhubaneswar, Orissa, as Reader in Social Anthropology. He has a number of research contributors. He has submitted reports on 13 caste communities of Orissa to the prestigious 'People of India' project conducted by the Anthropological Survey of India. Apart from publishing several research papers in journals and books, he has produced reports on projects, namely, comparative Study on Girls Literacy in Orissa and Tamil Nadu, funded by the Planning Commission of India; Functioning of Welfare Schemes for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Orissa, funded by the Committee of Governors of India and many other research projects funded by state, national and international level agencies.