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agamic

[ā′gam·ik]
(biology)
Referring to a species or generation which does not reproduce sexually.
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As such, the text belongs to the group of Agamas that provide the rules for "worship for the sake of others" or pararthapuja: these texts are distinct from those describing Agamic worship "for one's own sake(atmarthapuja).
Chris Fuller's paper on the teaching of the Agamic tradition to temple priests in contemporary Tamilnadu is particularly noteworthy in that it points to a tension--which, one might add, manifests itself most strongly in the Indian diaspora--between the traditional pedagogical mode of memorization and a modernist emphasis on understanding the sacred texts first and foremost.
42)--Lidova comes to the conclusion that "once we compare the Natyasastra and the Agamic rites, we have ev ery reason to believe that they belonged to one system of ritual mentality" (p.