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The Keys of Power
A Study of Indian Ritual and Belief

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ISBN 9781032005683
June 15, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
574 Pages

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Book Description

This book, first published in 1932, demonstrates how the control of certain ‘-isms’ has for long moulded the interpretation of Indian belief and ritual by Western writers particularly. In every chapter there is some new coordination, often iconoclastic of then-accepted theory, whilst the new wealth of customs carefully recorded is astonishing. Long disputed problems such as that of the Maratha ‘devak’, or that of the ceremonial sowing of seedlings known to Western scholars as the ‘gardens of Adonis’, have at last been settled through careful research.

Table of Contents

1. Life and Power  2. The Power of Man  3. The Power of Woman  4. The Power of Evil-Eye  5. The Power of the Ground  6. The Power of Water  7. The Power of Fire  8. The Power of Metals  9. The Power of Salt  10. The Power of Stones  11. The Power of Time  12. The Power of Colours  13. The Power of Numbers  14. The Power of Sweet Things  15. The Power of Trees  16. Weather  17. The Ritual of Agriculture  18. The Power of Grain  19. The Power of Bread  20. The Power of Animals  21. Spirits  22. Curses and Oaths  23. The Invocation of Power  24. Totemism and the Maratha ‘Devak’  25. The Coercion of Power  26. The Destruction of Power

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J. Abbott