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Kamakhya: A Socio Cultural Study (Series: Reconstructing Indian History & Culture 28)

Nihar Ranjan Mishra

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ISBN 10: 8124602514 / ISBN 13: 9788124602515
Published by D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd, 2004
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This is a comprehensive work on the Kamakhya temple complex in Assam: the complex processes of the deity`s sanskritization and the temple`s role in integrating the people of this region with the mainland. Incorporating details from interviews with temple priests and other temple staff and from literary materials on the temple, it deals with the socio-cultural life at the temple complex with respect to rites of passage relating to marriage, birth and death, arts and crafts, food, dress and folk medicine. With illustrations of the temple structure and sculptures and religious and cultural activities, the text makes a detailed study of the temple rituals, festivals and personnel -- their kinds and functions and changes in the body of the temple staff with time. Importantly, it provides a background to the study by examining the spread of shaktism over different periods in the Eastern Indian region and specifically Assam. Book Contents Preface 1. Shaktism in India with Special Reference to Assam General Overview of Shaktism in India Meaning of Shaktism -- Origin of Shaktism -- Shaktism in Pre-Vedic Period -- Shaktism in the Vedic Period -- The Tantra and Its Origin -- The Tantra and Its Affiliations Shaktism in Assam Shaktism in Ancient Period Shaktism in Medieval Period Current Beliefs and Practices Worship of Female Deities in Assam Durga Puja -- Vasanti Puja -- Kali Puja -- Jagaddhatri Puja -- Lakshmi Puja -- Snake Worship and Its Origin -- Snake Cult and India -- The Cult of Manasa -- Manasa Puja -- Apeshvari Puja -- Subhasucani Puja -- Shitala Puja -- Kumari Puja Mother Goddesses of Different Ethnic Affiliations The Ahoms -- The Bodos -- The Deuri Chutiyas -- The Khasis -- The Lalungs -- The Rabhas Tantrism and the Vaishnavites of Assam Shakta Tamples in Assam Shakta Literature in Assam The Kalika Purana -- The Yogini Tantra -- The Devi-Bhagavata -- Assamese Shakta Literature in Written Form -- Assamese Shakta Literature in Unwritten Form The Shrine of Kamakhya at Present 2. The Process of Sanskritization: The Case of Kamakhya Meaning of Sanskritization Sanskritization and the Origin of Goddess Kamakhya Sanskritization and Re-Christening of Goddess Kamakhya Sanskritization and Puja Rituals of Goddess Kamakhya Sanskritization as Reflected in Literature Sanskritization and Religion Sanskritization and Assamese Language Sanskritization and Caste Formation 3. Rituals and Festivals in the Kamakhya Temple Complex Rituals and Festivals : Nature and Significance Rituals and Festivals Observed in the Kamakhya Temple Rituals and Festivals Observed by the People Vaisakha -- Jyestha -- Asadha -- Shravana -- Bhadrapada -- Ashvina -- Karttika -- Agrahayana -- Pausa -- Magha -- Phalguna -- Caitra 4. Temple Personnel: Their Functions and Sociological Significance Brahmana Personnel and their Functions Non-Brahmana Personnel and their Functions Athparia -- Balikata -- Duari -- Bharalkaith -- Bharali -- Sonari -- Tamuli -- Bhog Paneri -- Snan Paneri -- Caulkara -- Guwala -- Khateniar -- Kharikata -- Gayan and Bayan -- Candratap -- Cilaikara -- Dhoba -- Dhulia -- Dandadhara -- Darmaria Dartemi -- Kumar -- Jagamukti Personnel of Adjacent Temples Change in the Body of Kamakhya Temple Personnel and its Sociological Significance 5. Socio-Cultural Life in the temple Complex The Family Familial Relationships Bhai-Bhani -- Giriek-Ghaniek -- Shahu-Bovari -- Bhaisahur-Bovari -- Dewar-Bou -- Nanand-Bou -- Juai/Bhanijuai-Bou -- Bie-Bieni -- Ata-Nati/Natini Rites de Passage Beliefs and Taboos during Pregnancy Rites During Pregnancy Birth of the Child Printed Pages: 240. Bookseller Inventory # 1377

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Title: Kamakhya: A Socio Cultural Study (Series: ...

Publisher: D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

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This is a comprehensive work on the Kamakhya temple complex in Assam: the complex processes of the deity's sanskritization and the temple's role in integrating the people of this region with the mainland. Incorporating details from interviews with temple priests and other temple staff and from literary materials on the temple, it deals with the socio-cultural life at the temple complex with respect to rites of passage relating to marriage, birth and death, arts and crafts, food, dress and folk medicine. With illustrations of the temple structure and sculptures and religious and cultural activities, the text makes a detailed study of the temple rituals, festivals and personnel their kinds and functions and changes in the body of the temple staff with time. Importantly, it provides a background to the study by examining the spread of shaktism over different periods in the Eastern Indian region and specifically Assam.

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