Ganesa: Lord of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings

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9780195035728: Ganesa: Lord of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings

In this first comprehensive study of Ganesa--the elephant-headed god popular throughout India and Hindu Southeast Asia--the book explores the god's many and changing dimensions, covering not only the mythology but also the ritual, the political uses, and the modern and Vedic manifestations of the deity.

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Paul B. Courtright is at Emory University.

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"Excellent intro text."--W. Sax, University of Canterbury (New Zealand)

"Reads easily...informative. Gives alternative views, balanced, clear. Recommended as a good source book."--Forrest Wood, University of Southern Mississippi

"Paul Courtright's ingenuity and skill have produced a comprehensive, interesting study about one of India's most popular gods....Definately a must for the mythologist and indologist alike. It is a critical, thorough study that has been long overdue."--New Canadian Review

"Balances rich textural, anthropological, and interpretive resources....An opulent exposition of Ganesa and his worship."--Choice

"Intelligent and eminently readable."--Religious Studies Review

"Seasoned and insightful, obviously based on many years of thought, research, writing, and rewriting....Crammed full of information, well organized, and still a delight to read....Masterful."--Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"Another of [the] year's treasures." -- Commonweal

"Courtright has collected much primary material, especially from the Puranas, presented some possible ways of understanding it, and culled the best of the secondary literature. In these respects, the book contributes significantly to the study of Sanskritic Hinduism and its regional
realization."--Journal of Religion

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