Dattatreya: The Immortal Guru, Yogin, and Avatara

Dattatreya: The Immortal Guru, Yogin, and Avatara : A Study of the Transformative and Inclusive Character of a Multi-faceted Hindu Deity

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The book presents the multi-faceted Hindu deity Dattatreya from his Puranic emergence up to modern times. Devotion to Dattatreya cuts through all social and religious strata of Indian society: among his adepts we find yogis, Brahmans, faqirs, Devi worshippers, untouchables, thieves, and prostitutes. This book explores all primary religious dimensions: myth, doctrine, ritual, philosophy, mysticism, and iconography. The comprehensive result offers a rich fresco of Hindu religion as well as an understanding of Marathi integrative sprituality: precisely this complexity of themes constitutes Dattatreya's uniqueness.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 148.6 x 225.3 x 19.6mm | 467.21g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791436969
  • 9780791436967
  • 2,330,812

Review quote

"I learned a great deal from this book. Although I had known about Dattatreya as an important figure in Hinduism, I had never realized the richness and complexity of this truly Protean deity. As Rigopoulos notes, Dattatreya has been largely neglected by scholars, and this book makes you wonder why, since he is so intriguing. I suspect that this will become a classic in its area, since there really is no comparable work which does so much relating to Dattatreya. In a way, to read the history of Dattatreya as presented by Rigopoulos is to engage the history of Hinduism! Virtually all of the major historical phases and issues are there, from the Vedic period up to the last decade." -- Glen Hayes, Bloomfield College
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About Antonio Rigopoulos

Antonio Rigopoulos is the author of The Life and Teachings of Sai Baba of Shirdi, also published by SUNY Press.
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