Hanuman, The Devoted Monkey Helper Of Rama And Sita, Has Long Been Recognized As A Popular Character In India S Ancient Ramayana Epic But Recently He Has Also Become One Of The Most Beloved And Worshiped Gods In The Hindu Pantheon Enshrined In Majestic New Temples, But Equally Present In Poster Art, Advertising, And Mass Media Drawing On Sanskrit And Vernacular Texts, Classical Iconography And Modern TV Serials, And Extensive Fieldwork And Interviews, Philip Lutgendorf Challenges The Academic Cliche Of Hanuman As A Minor Or Folk Deity By Exploring His Complex And Growing Role In South Asian Religion And Culture This Wide Ranging Study Examines The Historical Evolution Of Hanuman S Worship, His Close Association With Shiva And Goddesses, His Invocation In Tantric Ritual, His Physical Immortality And Enduring Presence In Sacred Sites, And His Appeal To Devotees Who Include Scholars, Wrestlers, Healers, Politicians, And Middle Class UrbanitesLutgendorf Also Offers A Rich Array Of Entertaining Stories Not Previously Available In English An Expanding Epic Cycle That He Christens The Hanumayana Arguing That Hanuman S Role As Cosmic Middle Man Is Intimately Linked To His Embodiment In A Charming And Provocative Simian Form, Lutgendorf Moves Beyond The Indian Subcontinent To Interrogate The Wider Human Fascination With Anthropoid Primates As Boundary Beings And As Potent Signifiers Of Both Self And Other
Philip Lutgendorf is Professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the University of Iowa.
- 434 pages
- Hanuman's Tale: The Messages of a Divine Monkey
- Philip Lutgendorf
- 06 August 2017 Philip Lutgendorf