Rhythms of Life
Enacting the World with the Goddesses of Orissa
By (author) Frederique Apffel-Marglin
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Rhythms of Life by Frederique Apffel-Marglin
Book DescriptionThis collection of essays spans about 20 years of the author's work in Orissa carried out over an 18 year period between 1975 and 1993. The essays focus on two sets of rituals; those in and around the temple of Jagannath in Puri, mostly through the lens of the rituals of the Devadasis and the other, the festival of Raja Parba carried out at Bali Haracandi some 20 km south of Puri, celebrating the menses of the earth, the sea, the goddess, and women. The essays contain detailed and rich retelling of the complex rituals with their attendant stories/myths. The latter is either based on directly hearing them from participants or from classical textual sources. Part I of the details different rituals or festivals in or related to Jagannath temple and the essays in Part II are all based on Raja Parba. In Part II, the author deals with the categories of 'the subaltern', 'the third world woman', and the 'sacred'.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195694192
(225mm x 150mm x 22mm)
Imprint: OUP India
Publisher: OUP India
Publish Date: 5-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: India
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Dominating Knowledge, Hardback (August 1990)» View all books by Frederique Apffel-Marglin
This volume investigates the ways in which development strategies have affected traditional cultural values and social practices. Some of the positions advanced are controversial, all are imaginative and will provoke thought and reassessment in the field.
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Author Biography - Frederique Apffel-Marglin
Frederique Apffel-Marglin is Professor Emerita, Department of Anthropology, Smith College Northampton, Massachusetts
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