Authority and Meaning in Indian Religions: Hinduism and the Case of Valmiki

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This title was first published in 2003. Can a text be used either to validate or to invalidate contemporary understandings? Texts may be deemed 'sacred', but sacred to whom? Do conflicting understandings matter? Is it appropriate to try to offer a resolution? For Hindus and non-Hindus, in India and beyond, Valmiki is the poet-saint who composed the epic RA mA yaAa. Yet for a vocal community of dalits (once called 'untouchables'), within and outside India, Valmiki is God. How then does one explain the popular story that he ...

Authority and Meaning in Indian Religions: Hinduism and the Case of Valmiki 2017, Routledge, London

ISBN-13: 9781138708723

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Authority and Meaning in Indian Religions: Hinduism and the Case of Valmiki 2003, Routledge, Aldershot, England

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Authority and Meaning in Indian Religions: Hinduism and the Case of Valmiki 2003, Routledge, Aldershot, England

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