Puja and Samskara
Musashi Tachikawa, Shoun Hino, Lalita Deodhar
- ISBN: 9788120817517, 8120817516
- Year of Publication: 2006
- Binding: Hardcover
- Edition: 1st
- No. of Pages: 100
- Language: English
This book treats two representative Hindu rituals of contemporary India,
Puja (offering service) and Samskara (initiation rituals at important
occasions of life). Samskara rites are performed at significant junctures
of an individual's life, from birth to death, by the individual's family.
Puja rites, rather than being performed in relation to the life cycle of an
individual in a family, are more deeply related to the annual rituals of
the cult to which an individual or the person's family belongs. Persons may
go to a temple and request priests to perform puja rites, or they may
perform them themselves at home.
For people living in India, Puja and Samskara are not at all uncommon.
Puja rites are performed everywhere-at temples, in private homes, on
street corners-and although in recent times families observing all the
traditional Samskara rites have declined in number, almost all Hindu
families still perform the major Samskaras. it is difficult, however, for
those living outside India to know how these rites are performed. Hence,
this book presents a large number of photographs that enable readers to
gain an accurate grasp of them and indicates the place of ritual in the
total structure of religion.
"Ther is no doubt that the author has done a very appreciable job and I
have no hesitation to agree with him.....The importance of such a work is
valued in the field of sociology as it covers the social and cultural
aspect of today's Hindu religious
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