This volume contains fourteen selected papers in English by the late G.D. Sontheimer and follows up on his earlier volume King of Hunters, Warriors, and Shepherds: Essays on Khaṇḍobā. The articles chosen for publication here span a wide thematic and temporal range and will be of interest to students of Hinduism…Read More
The articles reflect Sontheimer’s multidisciplinary approach, combining the methodologies of philology, anthropology, history, archaeology, epigraphy and iconography. Three other articles, illustrated by over a hundred photographs, focus on hero- and satī-stones of the Deccan and western India. Sontheimer identified the worship of heroes and satīs as an important element of folk religion. He analyses the memorial stones in the context of other historical social and religious references, physical ecology and literary sources. Yet another set of articles deals with aspects of oral literature. Two papers can be considered building blocks for a model of Hinduism that was finally worked out in “Hinduism The Five Components and Their Interaction” (1989), the article which concludes the present volume.