Traditions of the Seven R̥ṣis

Front Cover
Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 2000 - Rishis - 350 pages
0 Reviews
Ascetics and mystics have played a prominent role in the development of nearly all religious traditions. The particular importance of such figures within Hinduism is especially evident in the traditions recounted of the Seven Rsis--the seven archetypal sages or seers who are depicted as being more important and powerful than even the gods themselves: indeed, through their asceticism the Rsis become the progenitors of the gods, as also of men, demons and all other orders of creation. Traditions of the Seven Rsis is the first systematic study of these traditions, and consists of two separate but closely related parts: the first part is a text-historical examination of how and when different traditions were formulated, while the second part explores the various activities and ideas associated with the Seven Rsis. Basing his study on the Sanskrit sources, but making use also of Tamil, tribal and non-Indian sources, Dr. Mitchiner sets out the main traditions associated with the Seven Rsis and traces the underlying themes in those traditiions--particularly that of the creative role of these ascetic figures. The work encompasses a wealth of original literary material, much of it previously untranslated, and is both a sourcebook of the Rsi traditions and a study of the historical development, symbolic meaning and interconnectedness of those traditions, illustrating above all the dynamically creative role of the ascetic and mystic within Hinduism.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

THE FORMULATION OF THE GROUP 347
3
The VedicEpic Transition II
11
E The Puranas
28
F Astronomical and Literary Works
42
THE MANVANTARATRADITIONS OF
48
The Manvantara Lists of the Seven Rsis 5358
53
Sources of the Manvantara Lists
61
FACTORS AFFECTING THE FORMULA 79134
79
The Era of the Seven Rsis original version 164165
164
CONCLUSION TO PART ONE 1671681
167
Political 218248
218
B Family Role
233
THE SEVEN RSIS IN THE SKY 249278
249
THE SEVEN RSIS IN THE BODY 279294
279
THEN SHALL THEY SEE GOD 295311
295
CONCLUSION TO PART
312

The Formulation of the Second Main List
106
Regional Factors
107
THE ERA OF THE SEVEN RSIS 135K
135
Abbreviations
321
Secondary Sources
335
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information