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The Mahanubhavs

  • Antonio Rigopoulos,

The ascetic, devotional sect of the Mahanubhavs -Those of the greatexperience - arose, like the much more popular bhakti movement ofthe Vårkaris centred in Pandharpur, in thirteenth century Maharastra.If in the beginning the Mahanubhavs had a fairly rapid expansion, especiallyin the northern and eastern regions of Maharastra, around theend of the fourteenth century their movement went underground aimingat a defensive isolation from the larger Hindü context. They centredthemselves in remote areas and villages. Although the prominentleaders among the early Mahanubhavs were brahma's (often convertsfrom the prevailing advaita vaißñavism), their followers were and aremostly non-brahma's, that is, low caste people and even untouchables.Outside of their own closed circles Mahanubhavs were met with prejudiceand distrust, at least up to the beginning of the twentieth century.In this volume the author offers an overview of the origins and mainreligious and doctrinal characteristics of the Mahanubhavs, discussingthose aspects which appear especially revealing of their differenceand nonconformity.

  • Keywords:
  • Religioni,
  • Induismo,
  • Ritualità religiosa,
  • Cultura indiana,
  • Ascetismo,
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Antonio Rigopoulos

University of Venice Ca' Foscari, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-0624-8520

ANTONIO RIGOPOULOS (Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara) is Associate Professor of Sanskrit and Religions and Philosophies of India at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy. Among his publications are The Life and Teachings of Sai Baba of Shirdi (SUNY 1993), and Dattåtreya: The Immortal Guru, Yogin, and Avatåra. A Study of the Transformative and Inclusive Character of a Multi-Faceted Hindu Deity (SUNY 1998).
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Book Title

The Mahanubhavs

Authors

Antonio Rigopoulos

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

106

Publication Year

2005

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© 2005 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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Firenze University Press

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10.36253/8884532639

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8884532647

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Studi e saggi

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2704-6478

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2704-5919

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