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aMann, Thomas. The Oxford Guide to Library Research. Oxford University Press, 2015. (352 pages, ISBN 978-0-19-993106-4)

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“The information world has undergone drastic changes since the publication of the 3rd edition of The Oxford Guide to Library Research in 2005, and Thomas Mann, a veteran reference librarian at the Library of Congress, has extensively revised his text to reflect those changes.

This book will answer two basic questions: First, what is the extent of the significant research resources you will you miss if you confine your research entirely, or even primarily, to sources available on the open Internet? Second, if you are trying to get a reasonably good overview of the literature on a particular topic, rather than just ‘something quickly’ on it, what are the several alternative methods of subject searching—which are not available on the Web—that are usually much more efficient for that purpose than typing keywords into a blank search box, with the results displayed by relevance-ranking computer algorithms?  Read the rest of this entry »

51VoQDZYgLL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Francis, Emmanuel and Schmid, Charlotte (eds.). The Archaeology of Bhakti. Vol 1. Mathurā and Maturai, Back and Forth. Vol. 2. Royal bhakti, local bhakti. Pondichéry: Institut Français De Pondichéry, 2014-2016 (366, 618 pages, ISBN: 978-2-85539-139-7, 978-2-85539-221-9)

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“This volume – the outcome of a workshop-cum-conference that took place from 1st to 12th August 2011 in the Pondicherry Centre of the École française d’Extrême-Orient, – is an invitation to practise the “archaeology of Bhakti” with the help of both textual and non-textual sources.

Bhakti, broadly defined as an attitude, a strategy or a style of devotion—one that may be intellectual, emotional or rooted in acts of worship—towards God or the Divine, manifests itself through the personal voices of devotees as well as through the collective effort that constitutes the building of a temple. The ‘archaeology of Bhakti’ aims at correlating different realms of representation, such as texts and images, in order to illuminate the elusive, pan-Indian phenomenon of Bhakti. The focus is on sources, agencies and layers. Read the rest of this entry »

9782855391533-usKiss, Csaba (transl.). 2015. The Brahmayāmalatantra or Picumata. Volume II. The Religious Observances and Sexual Rituals of the Tantric Practitioner: Chapters 3, 21, and 45. A critical edition and annotated translation. Pondichéry: Institut Français de Pondichéry (373 pages, ISBN 978-81-8470-207-1, 978-2-85539-153-3)


“The Brahmayāmalatantra (aka Picumata) is probably one of the earliest surviving Śaiva tantras, and possibly the earliest one known to us of the Bhairavatantra tradition. The present volume contains a critical edition and annotated translation of three of its chapters: one on the central maṇḍala of the cult, one on preliminary religious observances (vrata) prescribed for all practitioners (sādhaka), and one on instructions for each individual category of sādhaka — instructions on transgressive sexual rituals for the Tālaka, on strict rules of conduct for the chaste Carubhojin, and on a combination of these for the Mixed Practitioner.

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