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Aghor medicine : pollution, death, and healing in northern India

Author: Ron Barrett; Jonathan P Parry
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ron Barrett; Jonathan P Parry
ISBN: 9780520252189 0520252187 9780520252196 0520252195
OCLC Number: 85892219
Notes: Includes glossary.
Description: xxii, 216 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Jonathan P. Parry ---
Introduction ---
1. The cosmic sink ---
2. Fire in the well ---
3. The reformation ---
4. The wrong side of the river ---
5. Dawa and Duwa ---
6. Death and nondiscrimination ---
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Ron Barrett ; foreword by Jonathan P. Parry.

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Aghoris live naked on the cremation grounds, meditate on corpses, engage in cannibalism and coprophagy, and consume intoxicants out of human skulls. This book explores the dynamics of pollution,  Read more...
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"Fascinating in its exploration... Adeptly introduces the reader to this system of healing and would be a worthwhile read for anyone interested in multicultural medicine."--Feminist Review

 
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