Diana L. Eck Banaras City of Light

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Describes the ancient city of Varanasi, also known as Banaras or Benares, and discusses Hindu beliefs concerning the city and the river it was built upon, the Ganges

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This is the acclaimed study and interpretation of Banaras, the holy place of the Hindus.

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Diana L. Eck is professor of comparative religion and Indian studies and director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University. She is the author of many books, including Dar´san: Seeing the Divine Image in India and the editor of On Common Ground: World Religions in America, a multimedia CD-ROM, both published by Columbia.

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