A Mountain of Scholarship

  • Mani Rao
Part of the Contemporary Anthropology of Religion book series (CAR)


Indian concepts propose that mantra is ontological, the source of the material world and perceived by visionary “rishis.” Modern scholarship recapitulates these concepts and considers mantra through analytical frames including language theory. However, the ideas of contemporary mantra-practitioners remained unexplored. (The reader not interested in a review of scholarship and methodology may prefer to turn to Chapter  4.)


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