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Agni: The Vedic Ritual of the Fire Altar, 2 Vols.

By: Frits Staal

Price: $125.00

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2010

Edition: Reprint

Seller ID: 030299

ISBN: 8120816609

Condition: New


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Discovering the Vedas: Origins, Mantras, Rituals, Insights

By: Frits Staal

Price: $12.50

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Penguin: 2008

Edition: First Indian Edition

Seller ID: 033832

ISBN: 0143099868

Condition: New


"This is a remarkable book. It untangles the many complexities of the Vedas and combines Staal’s scholarly respect for the texts, with explanations that are lucid and occasionally witty. His insights are thoughtful and perceptive. —Romila Thapar In this unprecedented guide to the Vedas, Frits Staal, the celebrated author of Agni: The Vedic Ritual of the Fire Altar and Universals: Studies in Indian Logic and Linguistics examines almost every aspect of these ancient sources of Indic civilisation. Staal extracts concrete information from the Oral Tradition and Archaeology about Vedic pe... View more info

Exploring Mysticism: A Methodological Essay

By: Frits Staal

Price: $13.00

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2013

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 102314

ISBN: 8120835565

Condition: New


As the title indicates, this essay deals primarily with the exploration of mysticism, not with mysticism itself. It reviews the methods by which mysticism is generally studied and explores those by which it can be studied more fruitfully. In doing so, it is also concerned with mysticism itself. The author has attempted to be more systematic and comprehensive, so that future explorations may have a firmer foundation. In the study of mysticism, a common drawback is lack of experience. However, prejudices prove to be the most persistent obstacles, especially to professional students of religion,... View more info

Rituals, Mantras and Science: An Integral Perspective

By: Jayant Burde; Foreword By Frits Staal

Price: $35.00

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.: 2004

Edition: First Edition

Seller ID: 010598

ISBN: 8120820533

Condition: New


In this book the author discusses the place of science in rituals and mantras. Using structual analysis he shows that rituals in general, whether religious, political, social or otherwise have common structural patterns. These patterns are shared by poetry, music, dance and gymnastics, but not by language. Consideration of animal rituals and pathological (compulsive) rituals leads him to propose a general theory which unifies all ritual-like activities. He also introduces the concept of ritual instinct which can make the theory simpler and more elegant. He shows how knowledge can be divided in... View more info