Bhartiya Paramparao ...
Bhartiya Paramparao mein Mrtyu ki Avadharanaransformation of the Body and Funeral Rites by: Gian Giuseppe Filippi
In Hindu Society, Yama is considered the God of Death who is feared. Indians, do not dread death, but instead consider as their body part. This book gives in detail the study of death and its effect on society. The search goes to its roots in the most ancient times.
Year Of Publication: 2006
Pages : xiv, 186
Bibliographic Details : 8 Coloured photographs; Bibliography
Language : Hindi
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Yama, in Hindu mythology, is the eschatologist and god of death. And is, thus, dreaded. Even in todays India, there is a fearful hesitancy, if not conscious avoidance, of any talk about him. Yet, paradoxically, the phenomenon of death does not evoke a similar fear in the Indian psyche accepted, as it is, a natural event, a part of life: just like poverty, sickness and old age. Here is an insightful, at once compelling exposition of the phenomenon of death, based on plurimillennial tradition of the Hindus which, despite the affirmation of Western attitudes in certain elitist sections of the urban society, has endured since the times of the Vedas and Indic Civilization. Exploring, contextually, the age-old Indian view of mortal existence: from the very moment of an individuals conception to his/her journey to the Kingdom of Yama through the major phases of birth, growth and ageing, Professor Filippi unveils a complex network of sentiments, beliefs, scriptural references, customs, hopes, ritualistic practices and much else relevant to the great adventure of death. Notwithstanding the sentimental undertones of the mrityu-theme, Dr. Filippis work outstands for its rare scientific objectivity. It has grown from years of his rigorous research effort involving not only his extensive studies of Indian literature: classical and modern, but also his interviews with Indian samnyasins, brahmanas, relatives of the dead, and the persons living around the cremation grounds. Together with visual material, bibliographic references, and a glossary of non-English terms, the book holds out as much appeal to the general reader as to the specialist.
List of Illustrations
1. The Human Being (manushya) and the Other Beings
2. The Nature of Individual Beings
3. The Three Evolutionary Components of Nature
4. Human Life from Conception to Birth
5. Human Life from Birth to Marriage
6. The Structure of the Human Being
7. The End of Bodily Life
8. Agony and its Rites
9. The Last Sacrifice : The Offering of the Body
10. Transformation of the Deceased into Ancestor
11. Funerals Without Cremation
12. The New Conditions of the Living Soul
13. The Journey to the Kingdom of Yama