Temple Consecration Rituals in Ancient India: Text and Archaeology

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As in various other cultures, in the Hindu tradition of the Indian Subcontinent construction rituals accompany the construction of a temple, from the moment of choosing the suitable building site, right to the completion of the entire project. Numerous descriptions in Sanskrit texts on ritual and architecture describe in detail these building consecration ceremonies and reflect the importance attached to these rituals. Surprisingly, this topic has so far not received the attention it deserves given its essential role. Basing herself on both the Sanskrit texts, as well as the archaeological finds, Anna A. ?l?czka in this thorough study provides readers with a comprehensive view of the three main temple construction rituals in the Hindu tradition of South and Southeast Asia.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Introduction
1
CHAPTER TWO Character authorship date of the Kasyapasilpa
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CHAPTER THREE Some remarks on the present edition of the three ritual chapters from the Kasyapasilpa
21
edition translation and commentary
35
the prathamestaka garbhanyasa and murdhestaka rituals in the related texts
187
CHAPTER SIX The function and meaning of the garbhanyasa the prathamestakanyasa and the murdhestakanyasa as expressed by the textual sources
201
traces of construction rituals in South and Southeast Asia
221
TABLES
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APPENDIXES
267
BIBLIOGRAPHY
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INDEX
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Anna Aleksandra Slaczka, Ph.D. (2006) in Indology, Leiden University, the Netherlands, was a research fellow at the Research School for Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (CNWS) and is an affiliated fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden. She presented several papers on consecration rituals of South and Southeast Asia.

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