Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online

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Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen (Editor-in-Chief), University of Bergen, and Helene Basu, University of Münster, Angelika Malinar, University of Zürich, Vasudha Narayanan, University of Florida (Associate Editors)

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Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism presents the latest research on all the main aspects of the Hindu traditions. Its 438 essays are original work written by the world’s foremost scholars on Hinduism. The encyclopedia presents a balanced and even-handed view of Hinduism, recognizing the divergent perspectives and methods in the academic study of a religion that has ancient historical roots with many flourishing traditions today. Including all essays from the heralded printed edition, Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism is now to be regularly updated with new articles and available in a fully searchable, dynamic digital format.

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Author(s): Glucklich, Ariel
The phenomena that can be described by the terms jādū or jādūṭona, ṭoṭaka, mūth, tantramantra - that is, magic, sorcery, witchcraft and so forth - are some of the most persistent and pervasive aspects of South Asian cultures. They extend from the earliest vedic texts and, without skipping any historical period, persist even in New Delhi and Mumbai at the present time. Today one can find practitioners in every geographic, linguistic and cultural area in South Asia – from the Himalayas to the tribal communities…
Date: 2020-05-18


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Author(s): Knutson, Jesse
Jayadeva is a uniquely celebrated Sanskrit poet of 12th/13th-century Bengal and the hallmark of medieval creativity in the language. His song-poem Gītagovinda has been so celebrated, especially in the eastern zone of the subcontinent, as to spawn a multitude of claims about his Maithili, Oriya, or Assamese origins. All of the available evidence points, however, to his service at the court of Lakṣmaṇasena of Bengal (1178–1205). He was a member of a vibrant literary salon that included the poets Dhoyī, Govardhana, Śar…
Date: 2020-05-18