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dc.contributor.editorFerrari, Fabrizio M.
dc.contributor.editorDähnhardt, Thomas W.P.
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-17 23:55
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-28 15:51:14
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-01T12:34:31Z
dc.date.available2020-04-01T12:34:31Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier1000304
dc.identifierOCN: 1051781129en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/29634
dc.description.abstractSoulless Matter, Seats of Energy: Metals, Gems and Minerals in South Asian Traditions investigates the way in which Indian culture has represented inorganic matter and geological formations such as mountains and the earth itself. The volume is divided into four sections, each discussing from different angles the manifold dimensions occupied by minerals, gems and metals in traditions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. The various chapters offer a rigorous analysis of a variety of texts from different South Asian regions from a range of perspectives such as history, philology, philosophy, hermeneutics and ethnography. The themes discussed include literature (myth and epics), ritual, ethics, folklore, and sciences such as astrology, medicine, alchemy and cosmetics. The volume critically reflects on the concept of “inanimate world” and shows how Indian traditions have variously interpreted the concept of embodied life and lifelessness. Ranging from worldviews and disciplines which regard metals, minerals, gems as alive, sentient or inhabited by divine presences and powers to ideas which deny matter possesses life and sentience, the Indian Subcontinent proves to be a challenge for taxonomic investigations but at the same time provides historians of religions and philosophers with stimulating material.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: general
dc.subject.otherSouth Asia
dc.subject.otherreligion
dc.subject.othercustoms
dc.subject.otherfolklore
dc.subject.othermetals
dc.subject.otherminerals
dc.subject.othermythology
dc.titleSoulless Matter, Seats of Energy
dc.title.alternativeMetals, Gems and Minerals in South Asian Traditions
dc.typebook
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oapen.relation.isFundedBy178e65b9-dd53-4922-b85c-0aaa74fce079
oapen.relation.isbn9781781791288; 9781781791295; 9781781794364; 9781781794371
oapen.collectionEuropean Research Council (ERC)
oapen.pages316
oapen.grant.number639363
oapen.grant.acronymAYURYOG
oapen.grant.programH2020
oapen.identifier.ocn1051781129


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