Stock ID #212638 In the Absence of God. The Early Years of an Indian Sect. ANNE FIELDHAUS, AND SHANKAR GOPAL TUPULE.

In the Absence of God. The Early Years of an Indian Sect.

Honolulu. University of Hawai'i Press. 1992. Stock ID #212638

A translation of Smrtisthal with an introduction. Map, vii + 187pp, appendix, notes, very good hardback copy in dustjacket.

"The fourteenth-century Marathi text entitled Smrtisthal is an account of the development of the Mahanubhav sect of western India in the first generation after the death of its founder, the divine incarnation Cakradhar. It records events in the period of leadership of Nagdev, Cakradhar's appointed successor. Written by members of the group, for members of the group, shortly after Nagdev's death, Smrtisthal provides an exceptionally detailed and delightfully unembarrassed portrait of a religious movement seeking to perpetuate the inspiration of its founder.

In this volume, two of the foremost scholars of Maharashtrian religion not only provide readers with the first complete translation of Smrtisthal but also offer an extensive introduction and three indexes, illuminating a series of features important both to the history of this particular sect and to the general history of religions." (Publisher's description).

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