Body and Emotion: The Aesthetics of Illness and Healing in the Nepal Himalayas / Edition 1

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Overview

Body and Emotion is a study of the relationship between culture and emotional distress, an examination of the cultural forces that influence, make sense of, and heal severe pain and malaise. In order to investigate this relationship, Robert R. Desjarlais served as an apprentice healer among the Yolmo Sherpa, a Tibetan Buddhist people who reside in the Helambu region of north-central Nepal.

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"This remarkable book is an extraordinarily sensitive study of the cultural sensibility of illness and healing among Yolmo Sherpas in Nepal. It is a beautifully crafted volume, one of the finest cultural accounts of the interconnection between social categories and bodily experience that I have read."—Arthur Kleinman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812214345
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1992
  • Series: Contemporary Ethnography
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Desjarlais teaches anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College and is the author of Shelter Blues: Sanity and Selfhood Among the Homeless, also published by Penn.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Note on Transcription
Pt. 1 Loss
1 Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads 3
2 Body, Speech, Mind 36
3 An Aesthetics of Experience 63
4 Pain Clings to the Body 90
5 Soul Loss 135
Pt. 2 Healing
6 The Art of Knowing 159
7 Metamorphoses 185
8 A Calling of Souls 198
9 Departures 223
10 Afterwords 244
Notes 255
Glossary of Terms 277
References 281
Index 297
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