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Manufacturer: Oxford University Press, USA
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Binding: Paperback
Dewey Decimal Number: 294.53509542
EAN: 9780195084795
ISBN: 0195084799
Label: Oxford University Press, USA
Manufacturer: Oxford University Press, USA
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 1994-04-28
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Studio: Oxford University Press, USA

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A lively account of the Ban Yatra, a circular pilgrimage that takes place in the northern Indian land of Braj, this anthropological chronicle offers an appealing mixture of personal anecdote, religious theory, Indian history, and tales of the gods. Based on personal experience in the field, a combination of primary sources in Sanskrit, Hindi, and Bengali--many never before translated into Western languages--and a wide range of secondary literature, Haberman places the pilgrimage in its cultural and historical context. He interweaves his account with retellings of the tales of Krishna, perhaps the most popular of Indian deities and the entity around which the journey revolves. In the process, Haberman explores the effects of the Ban-Yatra upon its participants and weighs its particular implications for current theories about pilgrimage in general. The first thorough study of this kind of cyclical Hindu pilgrimage, Journey through the Twelve Forests will interest any student of South Asian culture and pilgrimage.

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Summary: Excellent book about the land of Vraja
Comment: Braj is a region in Uttar Pradesh of India surrounding the city of Mathura, and is considered to be the land of Krishna. This book deals with the author's participation in the Ban-Yatra, a two-hundred mile, 22-day pilgrimage around Braj during the rainy season.

This book is very readable and enjoyable: part travel guide, part history book, part religious textbook.

The book was written by David L. Haberman, the Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University. His writing seems even-handed and scholarly. I assume he is just a researcher and not a Vaishnava, but still, in Chapter Five he reports his astonishing and wonderful vision on the banks of the pond known as Prema Sarovara. The vision left him "shaken", and reading it had the same effect on me.

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