Visnu's Children: Prenatal Life-Cycle Rituals in South India

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The Vaikhanasas, a group of Brahmanic priests in the Visnu temples of south India, can look back on a long and turbulent history, that is characterized by the effort of claiming their status against rivaling priests. Central to this monograph is a controversy, ongoing for centuries, as to what makes a person eligible to perform the rituals in Visnu temples: does birth or an initiation create the ideal intermediary between the god and humans? Since the 14th century CE the discussion in the relevant Sanskrit texs centers ...

Visnu's Children: Prenatal Life-Cycle Rituals in South India 2009, Harassowitz Verlag, Wiesbaden

ISBN-13: 9783447058544

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