Author: Musashi Tachikawa
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120817516
This book on art paper treats two representative Hindu rituals of contemporary India, Puja - offering service - and Samskara - initiation rituals at important occasions of life.
This book treats two representative Hindu rituals of contemporary India, Puja (offering service) and Samskara (initiation rituals at important occasions of life) Samskara rites are performed at significant junctures of an individual's life, from birth to death, by the individual's family. Puja rites, rather than being performed in relation to the life cycle of an individual in a family, are more deeply related to the annual rituals of the cult to which an individual or the person's family belongs. Persons may go to a temple and request priests to perform Puja rites, or they may perform them themselves at home. .
This book presents a large number of photographs so that readers are able to gain an accurate grasp of them. .
And let us say that this is intended not merely to introduce Puja and Samskara rituals, but to indicate the place of ritual in the total structure of religion. .
THE AUTHORS: .
MUSASHI TACHIKAWA is professor of National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan. He is Ph.D. of Harvard University and D.Litt. of Nagoya University, Japan, and was professor, chair of department of Indian and Buddhist Studies at Nagoya university. .
SHOUN HINO is Professor of Gifu Pharm University, Japan. He is Ph.D. of Poona University and did his MA under Prof. Tachikawa's guidance at Nagoya University. .
LATA DEODHAR is assistant editor of Sanskrit Dictionary Project at Deccan College Research Institute, Pune. She is Ph.D. of Poona University and was a contemporary of Prof., Hino during her postgraduate studies.