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Document Type(s):Book
Book Title:The Sacred Marriage of a Hindu Goddess
Author(s):Harman, William P
Publisher Name:Indiana University Press
Place of Publication:Bloomington, Ind.
Date of Publication:1989
Annotation:In this study of the phenomenon of hieros gamos (sacred marriage), Harmon discusses the religious, textual, historical, and cultural aspects of sacred marriage as it is celebrated in the South Indian temple city of Madurai. Placing his particular study in broader context, he addresses the concept and metaphor of sacred marriage in religious studies and in Hinduism; ritual and kinship theory; Tamil literary history; and the meaning and function of marriage in Hinduism and in India more generally. He argues that the concept of sacred marriage is a devotional metaphor in which lineages (human, divine, animal) are joined and the bride in particular serves as the link between different realms.
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