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Author White, David Gordon, author.

Title The Yoga Sutra of Patanjali : a biography / David Gordon White.

Publication Info. Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2014]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction    181.452 WHI    On Holdshelf
Description xvii, 273 pages ; 20 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Lives of great religious books
Lives of great religious books.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "Virtually forgotten in India for hundreds of years and maligned when it was first discovered in the West, the Yoga Sutra has been elevated to its present iconic status--and translated into more than forty languages--only in the course of the past forty years. White retraces the strange and circuitous journey of this confounding work from its ancient origins down through its heyday in the seventh through eleventh centuries, its gradual fall into obscurity, and its modern resurgence since the nineteenth century. First introduced to the West by the British Orientalist Henry Thomas Colebrooke, the Yoga Sutra was revived largely in Europe and America, and predominantly in English. White brings to life the improbable cast of characters whose interpretations--and misappropriations--of the Yoga Sutra led to its revered place in popular culture today. Tracing the remarkable trajectory of this enigmatic work, White's exhaustively researched book also demonstrates why the yoga of India's past bears little resemblance to the yoga practiced today"--Dust jacket.
Subject Patañjali. Yogasūtra.
Yoga -- Historiography.
Hinduism -- Historiography.
ISBN 9780691143774 (hardback)
0691143773 (hardback)

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