The Sense of Adharma

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Oxford University Press, Apr 28, 1994 - Religion - 288 pages
Addressing one of the most difficult conceptual topics in the study of classical Hinduism, Ariel Glucklich presents a rigorous phenomenology of dharma, or order. The work moves away from the usual emphasis on symbols and theoretical formulations of dharma as a religious and moral norm. Instead, it focuses on images that emerge from the basic experiential interaction of the body in its spatial and temporal contexts, such as the sensation of water on the skin during the morning purification, or the physical manipulation of the bride during the marriage ritual. Images of dharma are examined in myths, rituals, art, and even the physical landscape of the Hindu world. The varied and contingent experiences of dharma infuse it with a meaning that transcends a false analytical distinction from adharma, or chaos. Glucklich shows that when dharma is experienced by means of living images, it becomes inescapably temporal, and therefore inseparable from adharma.
 

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Contents

Dharma
7
The Duration of Images in Time
38
Why Rivers Purify And Only Bad Witches Are Ugly
66
Dermatology and Cosmology
89
Boundaries in Space and Time
115
Passage to MarriageThe Dharma Agent
143
Adultery as Claim Jumping
169
Thieves and Dharma in the Story Literature
189
The Adharmic Force of Punishment Danda
213
Back to the Body
239
Index
261
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