Sacred Waters: A Pilgrimage Up the Ganges River to the Source of Hindu Culture

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Harcourt, 2001 - Religion - 368 pages
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This is an account of a journey taken in India. The destination is the source of the Ganges, the holy and most famous of Indian rivers. It is a physical journey, involving train rides across the vast plains and passages on foot far into snow-covered valleys and mountains. It is also a spiritual journey, taking a man deep into the heart and soul of the ancient religious culture of India.

Stephen Alter, who was born in the Himalayan foothills, crosses many miles, and several millennia, to search for the source of Indian religion. Along the way, as he reaches one holy spot after another, meeting grounds for pilgrims, remote towns, and forgotten temples, he delves into the myths and traditions of an antique land. He explores the tales of heroic derring-do, evil and good, and recounts the great stories of death, warfare, passions, and sacred wisdom that animate the vibrant history and religious traditions of India. As every pilgrim learns, a spiritual search involves travel but ultimately returns to the inner self. Sacred Waters is a richly told narrative of a beautiful land and of a man's interior journey, and is for readers everywhere who seek to plumb their own spiritual sources.

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Review: Sacred Waters: A Pilgrimage up the Ganges River to the Source of Hindu Culture

User Review  - 1.1 - Goodreads

The writing gets a little wooden and uninspiring, but the author describes the grandeur of the routes he traveled quite well and I can't help but be immersed. Personal experiences and anecdotes are ... Read full review

Review: Sacred Waters: A Pilgrimage up the Ganges River to the Source of Hindu Culture

User Review  - Smita Nirula - Goodreads

I really liked the book for the simplicity of its writing, the genuineness of the emotion that lay behind it. It is true that very few people (if any) attempt to walk the paths to the pilgrim centres ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Stephen Alter is writer-in-residence in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT, and was the director of the writing program at Cairo's American University. He is the author of four novels and a memoir, All the Way to Heaven, as well as the recently published Amritsar to Lahore.

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