The Divine and the Demonic
Supernatural Affliction and its Treatment in North India
By (author) Graham Dwyer
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Divine and the Demonic by Graham Dwyer
Book DescriptionBased on fieldwork in the north Indian state of Rajasthan, this book focuses on supernatural affliction - illness and misfortune ascribed to demonic spirits or ghosts and to other mystical agents, such as sorcerers and witches. The study augments and extends the existing scholarship on a range of issues, including inter alia beliefs about spirit possession, sorcery, witchcraft and the evil eye. The themes of ritual practice, especially exorcism or healing ceremonies, Hindu priests and curers, popular Hinduism and pilgrimage are discussed, and the anthropology of South Asia is explored with an emphasis on medical anthropology and Indian ethnomedicine. At a theoretical level, the book sharply contrasts with much of the literature on spirit possession or on supernatural affliction and its treatment, as the author's phenomenological orientation involves movement away from psychological or psychiatric paradigms as well as from other forms of Western rationalism that have tended to dominate scholarly work. The book thus offers fresh insights, both in terms of understanding supernatural malaise and its treatment, and in terms of the application of the approach the author engages.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415297493
(216mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 5-Dec-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Graham Dwyer
Divine and the Demonic, Paperback (April 2014)
Rather than focusing on psychological and other rationalist interpretations of demonic affliction, this study presents a phenomenological approach. Based on research in Rajasthan, the study examines ritual practice, especially exorcism and other healing ceremonies.
Hare Krishna Movement, Hardback (June 2007)» View all books by Graham Dwyer
The Hare Krishna Movement is popularly associated with groups of chanting, saffron-robed followers, whose colourful appearance on the streets of western cities became increasingly commonplace after the Movement's emergence in 1965. But there is much more to the Krishna phenomenon, and this book focuses on what the Movement is all about.
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