Ritual and Mantras: Rules Without Meaning

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1996 - 490 pages
Ritual and Mantras: Rules Without Meaning is and original study of ritual and mantras which shows 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, a
 

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Methods Meanings and Rules
1
Ritual
61
Embedding and Transformation
91
Ritual and Grammar
101
Interpretations of Ritual
115
Anthropology without Asia
141
Syntax Semantics and Performatives
157
Music and Ritual
165
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
The Myth of the Two Cultures
421

Mantras
191
Six Vedic Mantras
199
The Syntax of Stobhas
209
Vedic and Tantric Mantras
223
Performatives Pragmatics and Performance
237
Conclusions
433
Writing in the SkyHermeneutics
455
Index of Names
481
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