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India: A Sacred Geography

India A Sacred Geography book coverIndia: A Sacred Geography
Diana L. Eck

Harmony Books, 2012

India is “a great network of pilgrimage places,” writes Diana Eck, a professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard University who offers insight into the sources in ritual and tradition that make these sites holy. The diversity of these stories and traditions gives a sense of the complexity of the religious alternatives in India’s society, shattering for the reader the notion that there is such a thing as a singular “Hinduism” and instead supporting the notion of many Hinduisms surviving side-by-side in the vast subcontinent of India. Even as Eck explores the holiness of place within these various Hinduisms, she also emphasizes elements of various Hindu traditions that acknowledge the presence of holiness all around us and wherever we are.