Ritual and Mantras: Rules Without Meaning

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1996 - 490 pages
This book is an original study of rituals and mantras which allows that rites lead a life of their own, unaffected by religion or society. In its analysis of Vedic ritual, it uses methods inspired by logic, linguistics, anthropology and Asian studies. New insights are offered into various topics including music, bird song, and the origin of language. The discussion culminates in a proposal for a new human science that challenges the current dogma of the "two cultures" of sciences and humanities.
 

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Methods Meanings and Rules
1
Ritual
61
The Structure of Ritual
85
Embedding and Transformation
91
Ritual and Grammar
101
Interpretations of Ritual
115
Anthropology without Asia
141
Syntax Semantics and Performatives
157
Performatives Pragmatics and Performance
237
Mantras and Language
253
Mantras and Bird Songs
279
Mantras by Chance
295
Anthropology without Mantras
313
The Science of Ritual
349
Oral Traditions
369
Religions
387

Music and Ritual
165
Mantras
191
Six Vedic Mantras
199
The Syntax of Stobhas
209
Vedic and Tantric Mantras
223
The Myth of the Two Cultures
421
Conclusions
433
Writing in the SkyHermeneutics
455
Index of Names
481
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