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Bringing the Gods to Mind: Mantra and Ritual in Early Indian Sacrifice

Laurie Patton


This book introduces a new perspective on Indic religious history by rethinking the role of mantra in Vedic ritual. The book takes a new look at mantra as “performed poetry” and in five case studies draws a portrait of early Indian sacrifice that moves beyond the well-worn categories of “magic” and “magico-religious” thought in Vedic sacrifice. Treating Vedic mantra as a sophisticated form of artistic composition, it develops the idea of metonymy, or associational thought, as a major motivator for the use of mantra in sacrificial performance. Filling a long-standing gap in our understanding, t ... More

Keywords: Indic religious history, mantra, Vedic ritual, performed poetry, magico-religious thought, Vedic sacrifice, metonymy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520240872
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurie Patton, author