Divination in Indic Religions (Martin Gansten, Spring 2004)
Here is the list of books (excerpts) and articles that I have used (apart from my own book ‘Patterns of Destiny: Hindu Nadi Astrology’) for the five-week introductory course ‘Astrology and Divination in Indic Religions’. Many of these titles were recommended by members of RISA-L; many thanks, all of you.
ON DIVINATION AND RELIGION GENERALLY:
Evan Zuesse: ‘Divination’ in Encyclopedia of Religion.
Philip M. Peek: African Divination Systems: Ways of Knowing, Bloomington 1991.
Richard J. Smith: Fortune-tellers and Philosophers: Divination in Traditional Chinese Society, Boulder 1991.
Lama Chime Radha, Rinpoche: ‘Tibet’ in Divination and Oracles, ed. Michael Loewe and Carmen Blacker, London 1981.
ON MISCELLANEOUS FORMS OF DIVINATION IN INDIAN HISTORY:
Brahmajalasutta of the Dighanikaya.
Pandurang Vaman Kane: History of Dharmasastra, vol. V, part I.
Olle Qvarnstrm: The Yogasastra of Hemacandra: A Twelfth Century Handbook on Svetambara Jainism (ch. V), Cambridge (MA) 2002.
David Gordon White: ‘Predicting the Future with Dogs’ in Religions of India in Practice, ed. Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Princeton 1995.
ON THE EARLY HISTORY OF ASTROLOGY OUTSIDE INDIA:
Tamsyn Barton: Ancient Astrology, London 1994.
S.J. Tester: A History of Western Astrology, Woodbridge 1987.
ON ASTROLOGY AND RELATED BELIEFS IN INDIA:
Edward C. Sachau: Alberuni’s India, Delhi 1964 .
B.S. Friedman: Negotiating Destiny: The Astrologer and his Art in Bengali Cultural History (unpublished), Chicago 1986.
C.J. Fuller: The Camphor Flame: Popular Hinduism and Society in India, Princeton 1992.
R.S. Peribanayagam: The Karmic Theater: Self, Society, and Astrology in Jaffna, Amherst 1982.
Judy F. Pugh: ‘Astrology and Fate: The Hindu and Muslim Experiences’ in Karma: An Anthropological Inquiry, ed. Charles F. Keyes and E. Valentine Daniel, Berkeley 1983.
Karin Kapadia: Siva and Her Sisters: Gender, Caste, and Class in Rural South India, Boulder 1995.
B. Suryanarain Rao: Stri Jataka or Female Horoscopy, Bangalore 1984.
ON KARMA AND OTHER THEODICIES:
Sheryl B. Daniel: ‘The Tool Box Approach of the Tamil to the Issues of Moral Responsibility and Human Destiny’ in Karma: An Anthropological Inquiry, ed. Charles F. Keyes and E. Valentine Daniel, Berkeley 1983.
Karl Potter: ‘How Many Karma Theories Are There?’ in Journal of Indian Philosophy 29 (2001).
M. Ramakrishna Bhat: Essentials of Horary Astrology or Prasnapadavi, Delhi 1992.
ON THE ART OF HINDU ASTROLOGY:
N.P. Subramania Iyer: Kalaprakasika, Madras 1991.
Hart deFouw and Robert Svoboda: Light on Life: An Introduction to the Astrology of India, London 1996.
Bangalore Venkata Raman: Prasna Tantra, Bangalore 1984.
Rangachari Santhanam: Horasara, Delhi 1995.
ON THE PLANETARY DEITIES:
Stephen Markel: Origins of the Indian Planetary Deities, Lewiston 1995.
Giuseppe Tucci: ‘A Visit to an “Astronomical” Temple in India’, in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (1929).
ON NADI READING:
Articles from early issues of the Theosophist, starting with H.S. Olcott: ‘Indian Sibylline Books’ (vol. 6, no. 8, May, 1885).
Also, Perinbanayagam (cited above) has a few pages on Nadi reading (or, as he calls it, ‘reading Kantam [kaa.n.da]’ — a fact of which I was unaware when I wrote my thesis on the subject. And of course the Internet is a rich source of information about contemporary practices… Why not ask Ganesha?