The Madness of the Saints
Ecstatic Religion in Bengal
By (author) June McDaniel
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Madness of the Saints by June McDaniel
Book DescriptionAlthough ecstasy has been explored in several Indian contexts, surprisingly little scholarship has been devoted to its central role in Bengali devotion. In "The Madness of the Saints," June McDaniel undertakes the first comprehensive study of religious ecstasy in Bengal, examining the texts that describe it, the people who experience it, and the traditions that support it.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226557236
(278mm x 154mm x 23mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1989
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author June McDaniel
Perceiving the Divine Through the Human Body, Hardback (November 2011)
Cattoi and McDaniel present a selection of articles on the role of the body and the spiritual senses - our transfigured channels of sensory perceptions - in the context of spiritual practice. The volume investigates this theme across a variety of different religious traditions within Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism.
Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls, Paperback (August 2004)» View all books by June McDaniel
The Indian state of West Bengal is home to one of the world's most vibrant traditions of goddess worship. The year's biggest holidays are devoted to the goddesses Durga and Kali, with lavish rituals, decorated statues, fireworks, and parades. In 'Offering Flowers, Feeding Skulls', June McDaniel provides a broad overview of Bengali goddess worship.
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Author Biography - June McDaniel
June McDaniel is assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.
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