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The Kapalikas and Kalamukhas : two lost Saivite sects

Lorenzen, David Neal


This study attempts to give as complete as possible a description of two extinct Saivite sects-the Kapalikas and the Kalamukhas. Since the connotations of the word "sect" are rather different in the contexts of Hinduism and post-Reformation Christianity, some preliminary analysis of it is needed. A sect, in a Christian context, embodies three essential features: a specific doctrine (including a prescribed mode of worship), a priesthood, and a well-defined and exclusive laity. The structure of...[Show more]

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Date published: 1968
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d74e6173cb92


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