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Document Type(s):Book
Book Title:Benares: The Sacred City
Author(s):Havell, Ernst Binfield
Publisher Name:Vishwavidyalaya Prakashan
Place of Publication:Varanasi
Date of Publication:1990
Date of Copyright:1905
Annotation:Using Benares as the focal point for a broad study of Indian religion and culture, Havell discusses the Vedic period, the Hindu epics, the origins of Buddhism, the history of Jainism, and the rise of modern Hindusim in addition to describing various aspects of the city itself, including its layout, temple complexes, artistic and pilgrimage traditions, the Ganges, and Hindu-Muslim relations. Although this Western scholar claims to present a neutral depiction of Hinduism and Indian culture based on a “sympathetic study,” the book ends with a positive assessment of British colonialism as providing infrastructure and “order” to the ancient city that has helped it to “flourish”.
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