An Anthology of Writings on the Ganga: Goddess and River in History, Culture, and Society

Hardcover | January 15, 2015

EditorAssa Doron, Richard Barz, Barbara Nelson

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The Ganga - along with the Nile, the Tigris and Euphrates, the Yangtze and the Danube - is one of the great rivers of our planet. Perceiving the Ganga from three levels - material, spiritual, and divine - this anthology reflects on the dialogue and tension between the modern and thetraditional, the historic and the mythical, the epic and the everyday, the factual and the fictitious. From Robert P. Goldman's translations from the Ramayana, J.A.B. van Buitenen's translations from the Mahabharata, and translations by Shakuntala Varma and A.K. Ramanujan to Jawaharlal Nehru's 'Will and Testament', the classic Padma River Boatman by Manik Bandopadhyaya, and the screenplay of Ram TeriGanga Maili to writings of Raja Rao, Vikram Seth, and Amitav Ghosh - the book brings together various perspectives on the river, demonstrating the wide-ranging views, interests, experiences, practices, and emotions generated from the encounter between people, both individuals and groups, and theGanga.Divided into five parts - The Epic and Numinous, Historical Perspectives, Contemporary Travel Writing, Fiction, and Recent Scholarship - the anthology offers an insight into the broader organization, quality, character, and diversity of Indian culture and society.

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The Ganga - along with the Nile, the Tigris and Euphrates, the Yangtze and the Danube - is one of the great rivers of our planet. Perceiving the Ganga from three levels - material, spiritual, and divine - this anthology reflects on the dialogue and tension between the modern and thetraditional, the historic and the mythical, the epic a...

Assa Doron is Fellow in Anthropology at the School of Culture, History, and Language at The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Richard Barz is Senior Lecturer at the School of Culture, History, and Language at ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Canberra, Australia. Barbara Nelson is Research Assistant at ANU Colleg...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:January 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionThe Epic and Numinous: The Descent of the GangaRobert P. Goldman: The Ramayan of ValmikiJ.A.B. van Buitenen: The MahabharataAnne Feldman: 'The Descent of the Ganga'Poems and a WillShakuntala Varma: 'Prayer to Mother Goddess' - 1Shakuntala Varma: 'Prayer to Mother Goddess' - 4Shakuntala Varma: 'Sohar' - 10Shakuntala Varma: 'Sohar' - 11Chandrashekhar Kambar: 'A Pond Named Ganga'Jawaharlal Nehru: 'Will and Testament'Historical PerspectivesJean Baptiste Tavernier: Travels in IndiaAhmad Behbahani: Mir'at ul-Ahwal-i Jahan NumaJames B. Fraser: Account of a Journey to the Sources of the Jumna and Bhagirathi RiversHonoria Lawrence: 'Letter to a Friend'E. B. Havell: 'On the Ganges'Contemporary Travel WritingEric Newby: 'The Way to Mirzapur'Raghubir Singh: The GangesVijay Singh: 'Gangotri'Ilija Trojanow: 'The Sage's Wet Hair'Brij V. Lal: 'Sunrise on the Ganga'FictionManik Bandopadhyaya: Padma River BoatmanRaj Kapoor, V.P. Sathe, and Jyoti Swaroop: Screenplay of Ram Teri Ganga MailiRaja Rao: On the Ganga GhatAdwaita Mallabarman: 'The Rainbow'Vikram Seth: A Suitable BoyAmitav Ghosh: 'Beginning Again'Shiv Prasad Mishra (Rudra Kashikey): 'The Drowsiness of Chait Dulls the Spirit'Recent ScholarshipHenry T. Bernstein: 'The Bengal Steam Department's Hindus and Muslims'Steven G. Darian: 'The Ganges in Bengal'Diana L. Eck: 'Ganga: The Goddess Ganges in Hindu Sacred Geography'Ann Grodzins Gold: 'Why Sink Flowers? Bringing It All Back Home'Kelly D. Alley: 'Separate Domains: Hinduism, Politics, and Environmental Pollution'Richard Barz: 'Gangotri, Gomukh and the Sources of the Ganga'Assa Doron: 'Hello Boat! The River Economy of Banaras'