Understanding Mantras

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Harvey P. Alper
Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1991 - Hinduism - 540 pages
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION Harvey P Alper
1
Speech as Performative in the Rgveda
15
Vedic Mantras
48
The Mantra in Vedic and Tantric Ritual
96
A Study of the Use
123
Are Mantras Speech Acts? The Mimamsa Point of View
144
The Meaning and Power of Mantras
165
Mantras in the Sivapurarta
177
The Pancaratra Attitude to Mantra
224
MantrasWhat Are They? Andre Padoux
295
NOTES ON THE CONTRIBUTORS
319
A WORKING BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR THE STUDY
327
BIBLIOGRAPHICAL LIST
444
INDEX
531
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