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Hindu Widow Marriage

Hindu Widow Marriage

Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231156332
eISBN:
9780231526609
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231156332.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Before the passage of the Hindu Widow's Re-marriage Act of 1856, Hindu tradition required a woman to live as a virtual outcast after her husband's death. Widows were expected to shave their heads, ... More

The Quotidian RevolutionVernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India

The Quotidian Revolution: Vernacularization, Religion, and the Premodern Public Sphere in India

Christian Lee Novetzke

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231175807
eISBN:
9780231542418
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231175807.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

In thirteenth-century Maharashtra, a new vernacular literature emerged to challenge the hegemony of Sanskrit, a language largely restricted to men of high caste. In a vivid and accessible idiom, this ... More

Revelry, Rivalry, and Longing for the Goddesses of BengalThe Fortunes of Hindu Festivals

Revelry, Rivalry, and Longing for the Goddesses of Bengal: The Fortunes of Hindu Festivals

Rachel Fell McDermott

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231129190
eISBN:
9780231527873
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231129190.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Annually, during the months of autumn, Bengal hosts three interlinked festivals to honor its most important goddesses: Durgā, Kālī, and Jagaddhātrī. While each of these deities possesses a distinct ... More

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