Provides web pages on research projects in a number of areas, including Hinduism and Modernity, Classical Hinduism (Bhagavata Purana, Sakta Traditions, Gosvami Era), Comparative Philosophy and religion.
The chapters cover critical issues such as the origins of the Upaniṣads, authorship, and redaction, as well as exploring the broad religious and philosophical themes within the texts. The guide analyzes each of the Upaniṣads separately, unpacking their contextual relevance and explaining difficult terms and concepts.
In The Snake and The Mongoose, Nathan McGovern turns a commonly-accepted model of the origins of the early Indian religions on its head. His book seeks to de-center the Hindu Brahman from our understanding of Indian religion by "taming the snake and the mongoose" - that is, by abandoning the anachronistic distinction between "Brahmanical" and "non-Brahmanical."
Viewed through the lens of worship practices, legend, and literature, belief in goddesses is discovered as the formative impulse of much of public and private life. The influence of the goddess culture is especially powerful on women's life, often paradoxically situating women between veneration and subjection.