Sacred Complex of Kashi (The ): A Microcosm of Indian Civilization

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  • Author :L.P. Vidyarthi
  • Year of Publication :1979
  • ISBN: :0000000698
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 319
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: History, Religion

About the Book :

This work attempts at studying Kashi, once the most sacred pilgrim centers of the Hindus, as microcosm of Indian Civilization. It describes its sacred antiquity, geography, and beliefs practices connected with it. The main focus of the study is on two major factors of the complex the institution of pilgrimage and the sacred specialists catering to its religious and secular needs. Accordingly, it examines in detail the social composition of the pilgrims to Kashi, their sacred incentives and experiences connected with the professionals functioning in the complex, their personal and social motivations, personal styles of life and interaction with the pilgrims. In addition, the work also probes into issues like the effect of modern thoughts and movements on the sacred traditions of Kashi, the changing patterns of religious practices, the use of places of pilgrimage as trade and manufacturing centres etc. This work also includes a number of case histories of the various categories of sacred professionals, describing their personal background, motivations, experiences and beliefs. Thus this work provides a complete socio-religious study of the sacred complex of Kashi and also an elaboration and modification of the concept of civilization. It also covers Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, History and Geography and thus provides a general readership.

About Author :

Lalita Prasad Vidyarthi (b. 1931) received his doctorate from the University of Chicago and is now Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Ranchi, India. Currently (1974-1978) he is the President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences and of the 10th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences to be held in India in 1978. Dr. Vidyarthi is the President of the Indian Anthropological Association, a Founder-Member of the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research, Chairman of the Task Force on Development of Tribal Areas of the Planning Commission, and a Member of the Central Council on Tribal Research Institute of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. He is Founder-Editor of The Journal of Social Research, The Indian Anthropologist, and The Research Journal of Ranchi University. His major fields of research are the Tribal Culture of India including the Andaman and Nicobar Islands; Urban-Industrial political, and action Anthropology; Indian Civilization, the History of Indian Culture, Folklore, village studies and History of Anthropological Theories. He has to his credit several internationally popular books.