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Aghor Medicine: Pollution, Death, and Healing in Northern India / Edition 1
     

Aghor Medicine: Pollution, Death, and Healing in Northern India / Edition 1

by Ronald L. Barrett
 

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ISBN-10: 0520252195

ISBN-13: 9780520252196

Pub. Date: 03/04/2008

Publisher: University of California Press


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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520252196
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Foreword
Jonathan P. Parry
Note on Transliteration, Abbreviations, and Names
Acknowledgments

Introduction
The Cosmic Sinks
Fire in the Well
The Reformation
The Wrong Side of the River
Dawa and Duwa
Death and Nondiscrimination
Conclusion

Glossary
Notes
References
Index

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