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God of Justice: Ritual Healing and Social Justice in the Central Himalayas

William S Sax

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195335866
eISBN:
9780199868919
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335866.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This book deals with ritual healing in the Central Himalayas of north India. It focuses on the cult of Bhairav, a local deity who is associated with the lowest castes, the so-called Dalits, who are ... More


God of Justice

William S. Sax

in God of Justice: Ritual Healing and Social Justice in the Central Himalayas

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195335866
eISBN:
9780199868919
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335866.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter begins with a brief description of the oppression endured by the lowest castes, the Harijans, in Garhwal. It then introduces Bhairav, the deity to whom the Harijans turn when they are ... More


Landscape, Memory, and Ritual

William S. Sax

in God of Justice: Ritual Healing and Social Justice in the Central Himalayas

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195335866
eISBN:
9780199868919
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335866.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter focuses on healers, specifically oracular consultations and the major healing rituals. Local notions of place and landscape are of fundamental importance in oracular consultations as ... More


Oracles, Gurus, and Distributed Agency

William S. Sax

in God of Justice: Ritual Healing and Social Justice in the Central Himalayas

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195335866
eISBN:
9780199868919
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335866.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines oracles and gurus, the two main types of ritual specialists in the healing cult of Bhairav. It shows that they are distinguished above all in terms of agency and patiency. The ... More


Sending the God Back

William S. Sax

in God of Justice: Ritual Healing and Social Justice in the Central Himalayas

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195335866
eISBN:
9780199868919
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335866.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter focuses on rituals of aggression, that is, rituals intended to harm a rival or an enemy. Such rituals include cursing, sorcery, feeding someone “rubbish,” or summoning gods to attack ... More


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