The Embodiment of Bhakti

Hardcover | October 1, 1999

byKaren Pechilis Prentiss

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This book offers an interpretive history of bhakti, an influential religious perspective in Hinduism. Prentiss argues that although bhakti is mentioned in every contemporary sourcebook on Indian religions, it still lacks an agreed-upon definition. "Devotion" is found to be the most commonlyused synonym. Prentiss seeks a new perspective on this elusive concept. Her analysis of Tamil (south Indian) materials leads her to suggest that bhakti be understood as a doctrine of embodiment. Bhakti, she says, urges people towards active engagement in the worship of God. She proposes that theterm "devotion" be replaced by "participation," emphasizing bhakti's call for engagement in worship and the necessity of embodiment to fulfill that obligation.

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This book offers an interpretive history of bhakti, an influential religious perspective in Hinduism. Prentiss argues that although bhakti is mentioned in every contemporary sourcebook on Indian religions, it still lacks an agreed-upon definition. "Devotion" is found to be the most commonlyused synonym. Prentiss seeks a new perspective...

Karen Pechilis Prentiss is at Drew University.
Format:HardcoverPublished:October 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195128133

ISBN - 13:9780195128130

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"[A]ll of what Prentiss says is interesting and sometimes persuasive. At points, especially where she engages broader comparative issues, her comments can be quite stimulating."--Journal of Asian Studies