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The Archaeology of Hindu Ritual - Michael Willis

The Archaeology of Hindu Ritual - Michael Willis

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THE
ARCHAEOLOGY
OF
HINDU
RITUAL
Inthis
groundbreakingstudy,
MichaelWillis
examines
howthe
gods
of
earlyHinduism
came
to
be
established
intemples,
how
their
cultswere
organised,
andhow
the
ruling
elite
supported
theirworship.
Examining
the
emergence
of
these
key
historical
developments
inthe
fourth
and
fifth
centuries,
Willis
combines
Sansk:rit
textualevidence
with
archaeological
data
from
inscriptions,sculptures,
temples,
and
sacredsites.
The
centrepiece
of
this
study
is
Udayagiri
in
central
India,
the
only
surviving
imperial
site
of
the
Guptadynasty.
Through
a
judicious
use
of
landscapearchaeologyandarchaeo-astronomy,
Willis
reconstructshow
Udayagiriwas
connected
to
the
Festival
of
the
Rainy
Season
and
the
RoyalConsecration.
Under
Guptapatronage,these
ritualswereintegratedinto
the
cult
of

a
deityregarded
as
the
source
of
creation
and
of
cosmictime.Asspecial
devoteesto

theGuptakings
used
Udayagiri
toadvertise
theirunique
devotional
relationship
with
him.Willis
shows,
through
hismeticulous
study
of
the
site,its
sculptures,and
its
inscriptions,
how
the
Guptas
presented
themselves
as
universalsovereigns
and
how
theyadvanced
new
systems
of
religious
patronage
that
shaped
the
world
of
medievalIndia.
Michael
Willis
is
curatoroftheearlySouth
Asian
and
Himalayan
collections
atthe
British
Museum.
AFellow
ofthe
RoyalAsiaticSociety
and
anHonorary
ResearchFellow
atCardiffUniversity,he
is
the
author
of
TheTemples
of
Gopabjetra
and
BuddhistReliquariesfromAncientIndia.
 
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CAMBRIDGEUNIVERSITY
PRESS
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York,
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Town,
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Press32
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www.cambridge.orgInformation
onthistitle:www.cambridge.org/9780521518741
©
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blished2009
Printedin
the
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America
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for
thispublicationisavailablefromtheBl'itishLibra/Y,Library
of
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Publicationdata
Willis,Michael
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1951-The
archaeology
of
Hindu
ritual:
Temples
and
the
establishment
ofthe
gods
/MichaelWillis,p.em,
Includes
bibliographicalreferences
andindex.
ISBN978-0-521-51874-1
(hardback)
1.
Hindu
antiquities
-
India
-Udayagiri.
2.
Udayagiri(India)-
Antiquities,
3.
Hinduism
-History,
1.
Title.BLl109,5U33
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Researchfor
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bythe
Arts
&
Humanities
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