The thesis examines the contemporary Bengali practice of worshipping clay images. By clay is understood 'unbaked' clay. The thesis makes a distinction between 'baked clay' (terracotta) images and 'unbaked' clay (terracruda) images and examines the preference for worshipping terracruda images.
The worship of clay images is examined within the context of image worship in general in India, referring to the classical iconographical canons an ... [truncated at 450 characters in length]
|Author||Robinson, J. D. (James Danter);|
|Subject||India Bengal Bengal (India) Hindu decoration and ornament Idols and images Worship Religious articles Religion|
|Abstract||This thesis offers a multi-faceted exploration of image worship theology and practice within a Vaishnava Hindu theistic devotional tradition founded in the sixteenth century, flourishing today largely in north and northeast India and, since recently, spreading worldwide. The thesis serves two aims. First, it augments existing scholarship on Hindu temple image worship and Caitanya (Gaudīya) Vaishņavism by focusing on two contemporary temple commun ... [truncated at 450 characters in length]|
|Author||Valpey, Kenneth Russell;|
|Subject||Idols and images Worship Śrī Vaishṇava (Sect) Worship (Hinduism)|