THE CULT OF THE GODDESS PATTINI.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984. FIRST EDITION. FINE CLOTH VOLUME in pictorial dust jacket. 629 pages with index. Illustrated with color photos. "Pattini -- goddess, virgin, wife, and mother; folk deity of Sinhala Buddhists and Jains; and assimilated goddess of the Hindu pantheon -- has been worshipped in Sri Lanka and South India for fifteen hundred years or more, as she still is today. This long-awaited book is the culmination of Gananath Obeyesekere's comprehensive study of the Pattini cult and its historical, sociological, and psychoanalytical role in the culture of South Asia." Small quarto. (Item ID: 13553)