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    • August 1999
    • 9780231114479
  • 448 Pages
  • 61 Illustrations

  • Paperback
  • $32.00
  • / £22.00



City of Light

Diana L. Eck

This is the acclaimed study and interpretation of Banaras, the holy place of the Hindus.

About the Author

DIANA L. ECK is professor of comparative religion and Indian studies and director of The Pluralism Project at Harvard University. She is the author of many books, including Dar´san: Seeing the Divine Image in India and the editor of On Common Ground: World Religions in America, a multimedia CD-ROM, both published by Columbia.

In Banaras, Diana Eck... has written a notable book about this greatest of Indian pilgrimage sites.... Her brilliant, comprehensive book seems likely to remain for a long time the definitive work on this great Indian city.

The most beautiful book... on India.

A major event among studies of India.

John Stratton Hawley

Eck is a master of tone here. She begins as dry scholar, allows her personal voice to emerge and then, through judicious use of lyric quotations, advances to a striking level of exaltation and triumph.... To take us gently off this high, Eck buttresses us-and her arguments-with a truly amazing display of addenda; glossaries, calendars and appendices. One ends filled with admiration and awe, not just for the vision given us, but for the scholarship and dedication that made it possible.

Preface to the Columbia EditionPrefaceBanaras: An IntroductionBanaras in Historical PerspectiveThe City of ShivaThe Sacred Circle of All the GodsThe River Ganges and the Great GhatsSeasons and TimesCity of All IndiaCity of the Good LifeCity of Death and LiberationAppendix 1: Sanskrit Sources for the Study of BanarasAppendix 2: The Zones of the Sacred CityAppendix 3: The Shiva Lingas of KashiAppendix 4: The Cycles of Kashi GoddessesAppendix 5: Other Deities of KashiAppendix 6: The Year in Banaras: A Partial CalenderNote on Transliteration and PronunciationGlossaryNotesBibliographyAcknowledgmentsIllustrations Index