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Rites of the God-King: 'Sānti and Ritual Change in Early Hinduism

Marko Geslani


Most accounts of Hinduism posit a radical difference between the aniconic fire sacrifice (yajña) and temple-based image worship (pūjā). The historical distinction between ancient Vedism and medieval Hinduism is often premised on this basic ritual opposition. Through an exacting study of ritual manuals, Rites of the God-King offers an alternative account of the formation of mainstream Hindu ritual through the history of śānti, or “appeasement,” a form of aspersion or bathing, developed in order to counteract inauspicious omens. This ritual, which originated at the nexus of the fourth and somewh ... More

Keywords: Hinduism, Vedism, ritual, ritual change, kingship, priesthood, image worship, astrology/divination, consecration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190862886
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190862886.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marko Geslani, author
Assistant Professor of Sanskrit and Premodern South Asian Religions, Emory University