Non-Classical Cosmologies


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  • The field of "folk" cosmology in Hindu traditions is just beginning to emerge.
  • Earlier works include Stuart H. Blackburn's "Domesticating the Cosmos: History and Structure in a Folktale from India," Journal of Asian Studies 45, no. 3 (1986): 527–543; and Dieter B. Kapp's "The Concept of Yama in the Religion of a South Indian Tribe," Journal of the American Oriental Society 102, no. 3 (1982): 517–521.
  • The familiar theme of body and cosmos comes up in Lise F. Vail's "Founders, Swamis, and Devotees: Becoming Divine in North Karnataka," in Gods of Flesh, Gods of Stone: The Embodiment of Divinity in India, edited by Norman Cutler, Vasudha Narayanan, and Joanne Punzo Waghorne (Chambersburg, Pa., 1985), pp. 123–140; this is also one of the concerns in Hilde Link's "Das Unbegreifbare begreifbar machen: Südindische Baumeister gestalten einen sakralen Platz," Anthropos 88, nos. 1–3 (1993): 194–201.


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