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Tapta-Marga: Asceticism and Initiation in Vedic India

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This is the most comprehensive study yet made of tapas and of asceticism during the Vedic period. It also explains three other essential components of Vedic thought: sacrifice, homology, and knowledge. These concepts, along with tapas and initiation symbolism, reveal the heart of Vedic religion. therefore, this study presents a "history of Vedic religion," organized around the central building blocks of that tradition.

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Tapta-Marga: Asceticism and Initiation in Vedic India
1989, State University of New York Press, Albany, NY

ISBN-13: 9780887068140

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Tapta-Marga: Asceticism and Initiation in Vedic India
1989, State University of New York Press, Albany, NY

ISBN-13: 9780887068133

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