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Aghor Medicine

Aghor Medicine ebook ISBN: 9780520941014
Publisher: Univ of California Press
Author: Ronald L. Barrett
Number of Pages: 240 
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For centuries, the Aghori have been known as the most radical ascetics in India: living naked on the cremation grounds, meditating on corpses, engaging in cannibalism and coprophagy, and consuming intoxicants out of human skulls. In recent years, however, they have shifted their practices from the embrace of ritually polluted substances to the healing of stigmatized diseases. In the process, they have become a large, socially mainstream, and politically powerful organization. Based on extensive fieldwork, this lucidly written book explores the dynamics of pollution, death, and healing in Aghor medicine. Ron Barrett examines a range of Aghor therapies from ritual bathing to modified Ayurveda and biomedicines and clarifies many misconceptions about this little-studied group and its highly unorthodox, powerful ideas about illness and healing.

The Origins of Yoga and Tantra

The Origins of Yoga and Tantra ebook ISBN: 9781139470216
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: Geoffrey Samuel
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Yoga, tantra and other forms of Asian meditation are practised in modernized forms throughout the world today, but most introductions to Hinduism or Buddhism tell only part of the story of how they developed. This book is an interpretation of the history of Indic religions up to around 1200 CE, with particular focus on the development of yogic and tantric traditions. It assesses how much we really know about this period, and asks what sense we can make of the evolution of yogic and tantric practices, which were to become such central and important features of the Indic religious scene. Its originality lies in seeking to understand these traditions in terms of the total social and religious context of South Asian society during this period, including the religious practices of the general population with their close engagement with family, gender, economic life and other pragmatic concerns.

Urban Aghori: Siddhis in the City

Urban Aghori: Siddhis in the City ebook ISBN: 1365245500
Author: Jahn Hooks
Number of Pages: 48 
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This book is presenting a way to approach living in the grimy city and amongst heavy populations consumed with pollution as a healer, shaman, and alchemist. To joyously and fearlessly serve in the city and use the would be dangers of the city itself as a part of our spiritual practice is the will of the Urban Aghori. Ideas and simple effective practices are shared here that may assist in transforming the apparent mundane into your personal mandala.

India's Communities

India's Communities ebook ISBN: 9780195633542
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Author: K. S. Singh,Anthropological Survey of India
Number of Pages: 2510 
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The People of India project, a massive exercise carried out by the Anthropological Survey of India, has generated a wealth of information on the hundreds of communities, castes, and tribes now existing in that country. Topics covered include culture, location, language, script, biological variation, food habits, rituals, work practices, educational level, and technological and developmental achievements.

The Origins of the World's Mythologies

The Origins of the World's Mythologies ebook ISBN: 0199812853
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Michael Witzel
Number of Pages: 665 
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Michael Witzel persuasively demonstrates the prehistoric origins of most of the mythologies of Eurasia and the Americas ('Laurasia').

The ‘Early Medieval' Origins of India

The ‘Early Medieval' Origins of India ebook ISBN: 1108857876
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: Manu V. Devadevan
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India is generally regarded as a civilization with a set of intrinsic attributes that emerged in the age of the Vedas or, better still, in the Harappan times. In recent decades, historical studies have moved away from rigid perspectives of singularity in origin and expansion; the emphasis now is on pluralities and long-term processes spanning centuries and millennia. There is also an influential school of thought which rejects antiquity claims such as these and holds that India is a construct of the colonial and nationalist imagination. In his radical reinterpretation of India's past, Manu V. Devadevan moves away from these reifying assessments to examine the evolution of institutions, ideas and identities that are characterized, typically, as Indian. In lieu of endorsing their Indianness, he traces their emergence to specific conditions that developed in India between 600 and 1200 CE, a period which historians now call the 'early medieval'.

Handbook of Indian Sociology

Handbook of Indian Sociology ebook ISBN:
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Author: Veena Das
Number of Pages: 502 
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This volume contains a selection of essays from the Oxford India Companion of Sociology and Social Anthropology. It is designed to meet the needs of readers looking for an accessible overview of broad trends in Indian economy, polity, religion, culture and kinship structures. The Handbook has five main sections. In the first of these, the reader is introduced to the field of sociological study in India. Subsequent sections cover demographic features including ecology and urban migration; India's religious and cultural landscape; the alliance between family and state; economic structure; and politics.

Indian Origin of the Chinese Nation: New anthropology

Indian Origin of the Chinese Nation: New anthropology ebook ISBN:
Author: Paramesh Choudhury,Parameśa Caudhurī
Number of Pages: 391 
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The Author Seeks To Show That The Chins (Mizos, Kukis, Nagas) Had Been The Natives Of Assam Who Settled In China, Formed An Empire, And A Great Nation Like China - Based On Anthropological And Ethnological Grounds. 18 Chapters - References - Index.

Origin of the Kolkata Police

Origin of the Kolkata Police ebook ISBN:
Author: P. Thankappan Nair
Number of Pages: 791 
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The origin of the Kolkata(=Calcutta) Police dates from the landing of job Charnock in Sutanati, the embryo of the metropolis, on 24th August 1690. The modern Police Force in India begins from the appointment of a Commissioner of Police in Calcutta on Ist November 1856. The Commissionerate system of Policing is thus the contribution of Calcutta to India. The Kolkata Police is yet to conclude its year-long 150th aniversary celebration in November 2006. The evolution of the Calcutta Police has not yet been documented; so is also the history of Lalbazar, its headquarters. The Origin of the Kolkata Police by P.T. Nair is the first documented history of the city's guardians of law and order. He has not spared any pains in unearthing all documents of the Calcutta Police from 1690 to 1866 and present them in this seminal work.

Tantra in Practice

Tantra in Practice ebook ISBN: 9788120817784
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
Author: David Gordon White
Number of Pages: 640 
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Tantra in Practice is the eight volume of Princeton Readings in Religions and the first substantial anthology of Tantric works ever to appear in English. The thirty-nine contributors, drawn from around the world, are leading scholars of Tantra. Each contributor has provided a translation of a key work, in most cases translated here for the first time. Each chapter in the volume begins with an introduction in which the translator discusses the history and influence of the work, identifying points of particular difficulty or interest. David White has provided a general introduction to the volume that serves as an ideal guide to the riches contained between the covers of this book. He has organized the volume thematically, providing fascinating juxtapositions of works from different regions, periods, and traditions. Two additional tables of contents are provided, organizing the works by tradition and by country of origin. The range of works represented here is remarkable, spanning the continent of Asia and the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam over more than a millennium. With the publication this volume, the long disparaged and neglected Tantric traditions of Asia receive the attention they so rightly deserve. This is a groundbreaking work.

Encyclopædia of Religion and Ethics: A-Art

Encyclopædia of Religion and Ethics: A-Art ebook ISBN:
Publisher: Edinburgh : T. & T. Clark
Author: James Hastings,John Alexander Selbie,Louis Herbert Gray
Number of Pages: N.A 
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Scope: theology, philosophy, ethics of various religions and ethical systems and relevant portions of anthropology, mythology, folklore, biology, psychology, economics and sociology.

Exploring India's Sacred Art

Exploring India's Sacred Art ebook ISBN: 9788120812086
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe
Author: Stella Kramrisch
Number of Pages: 356 
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Hindu Castes and Sects

Hindu Castes and Sects ebook ISBN:
Author: Jogendra Nath Bhattacharya,Yogendranātha Bhattāchārya
Number of Pages: 623 
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Number of Pages: N.A 
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