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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


Living Between Juniper and Palm: Nature, Culture, and Power in the Himalayas

Ben Campbell

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780198078524
eISBN:
9780199082278
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078524.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

The Himalayas have iconic status in the global biosphere, but how well understood are the relationships between Himalayan people and their environment? How can anthropological approaches to the ... More


Introduction

Charles Ramble

in The Navel of the Demoness: Tibetan Buddhism and Civil Religion in Highland Nepal

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195154146
eISBN:
9780199868513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195154146.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The original aim of the research that led to this book was to explore the confrontation between Buddhism and Himalayan “pagan” religion, based on the sacrificial cult of territorial gods. It was ... More


Demography's Ecological Frontier: Rethinking the ‘Nature’ of the Household and Community

Brian Greenberg and Margaret E. Greene

in Categories and Contexts: Anthropological and Historical Studies in Critical Demography

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780199270576
eISBN:
9780191600883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199270570.003.0017
Subject:
Economics and Finance, History of Economic Thought

The global scale of anthropogenic environmental change now challenges demography to rethink its methodologies and tacit values to assess the ways that human populations determine the population ... More


Echoes from Dharamsala: Music in the Life of a Tibetan Refugee Community

Keila Diehl

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520230439
eISBN:
9780520936003
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520230439.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book uses music to understand the experiences of Tibetans living in Dharamsala, a town in the Indian Himalayas that for more than forty years has been home to Tibet's government-in-exile. The ... More


Recasting Folk in the Himalayas: Indian Music, Media, and Social Mobility

Stefan Fiol

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041204
eISBN:
9780252099786
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041204.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The concept of folk (or lok in North Indian languages) has become an essential part of public discourse in contemporary India that is used to mark social identity and an authentic relationship to ... More


The Mountain and Colonial and Postcolonial Territoriality

Bernard Debarbieux, Gilles Rudaz, and Martin F. Price

in The Mountain: A Political History from the Enlightenment to the Present

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226031118
eISBN:
9780226031255
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226031255.003.0007
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cultural and Historical Geography

Chapter 6 focuses on the place of "mountains" in the colonial project. In the first place, the colonial power optimized its occupation and control of the territories it had claimed by identifying and ... More


Everyday Creativity: Singing Goddesses in the Himalayan Foothills

Kirin Narayan

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780226407425
eISBN:
9780226407739
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226407739.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This book's author's imagination was captured the very first time that, as a girl visiting the Himalayas, she heard Kangra women join their voices together in song. Returning as an anthropologist, ... More


Becoming Religious in a Secular Age

Mark Elmore

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520290532
eISBN:
9780520964648
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290532.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Religion is often viewed as a universally ancient element of the human inheritance, but in the Western Himalayas the community of Himachal Pradesh discovered its religion only after India became an ... More


Making Faces: Self and Image Creation in a Himalayan Valley

Alka Hingorani

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835255
eISBN:
9780824871345
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835255.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

Taberam Soni, Labh Singh, Amar Singh, and other artists live and work in the hill-villages of the lower Himalayas in Himachal Pradesh, India. There they fashion face-images of deities (mohras) out of ... More


Kings of the Forest: The Cultural Resilience of Himalayan Hunter-Gatherers

Jana Fortier

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824833220
eISBN:
9780824870089
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824833220.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

In today's world hunter-gatherer societies struggle with seemingly insurmountable problems: deforestation and encroachment, language loss, political domination by surrounding communities. Will they ... More


Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China's Cold War and the People of the Tibetan Borderlands

Sulmaan Khan

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781469621104
eISBN:
9781469623252
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469621104.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Lhasa, leaving the People's Republic of China with a crisis on its Tibetan frontier. This book tells the story of the PRC's response to that crisis and, in doing so, ... More


Geographical Setting

R.S. Sharma

in India’s Ancient Past

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2012
ISBN:
9780195687859
eISBN:
9780199080366
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195687859.003.0004
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

The Indian subcontinent emerged as a separate geographical unit. This subcontinent is divided into India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and Pakistan. It is largely situated in the tropical zone. The ... More


Introduction: Enquiring Ethnographically into Nature Protection

Ben Campbell

in Living Between Juniper and Palm: Nature, Culture, and Power in the Himalayas

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780198078524
eISBN:
9780199082278
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078524.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Culture

For most natural scientists the environment is indisputably both an independent reality, and a threatened domain in need of safeguarding by systems of national parks and protected areas. For ... More


Marrying the “Thought of Enlightenment”: The Multivalency of Girls’ Symbolic Marriage Rites in the Newar Buddhist Community of Kathmandu, Nepal

Todd Lewis and Christoph Emmrich

in Little Buddhas: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199860265
eISBN:
9780199979929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860265.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Before they reach puberty, girls from most Buddhist families of the Newar community in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal undergo a ritual called ihi, literally “wedding,” at the center of which stands ... More


From Dehradun to Western Ontario

Ramin Jahanbegloo and Vandana Shiva

in Talking Environment: Vandana Shiva in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780198091776
eISBN:
9780199082537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198091776.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

In this section, Vandana Shiva reflects on her childhood, her parents, and her education. Her interest in nature began in the mountains of the Himalayas where she was born. Her spirituality is ... More


Building the Road to Kathmandu: Steps in the West’s Journey to the East

Mark Liechty

in Far Out: Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226428802
eISBN:
9780226429137
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226429137.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

Starting with Madam Helena Blavatsky’s (alleged) mystical encounter with a semi-divine Nepali prince on the streets of London in 1851, Chapter 1 uses Blavatsky and her Theosophical movement as a ... More


Negotiating Religion: Normalization, Abjection, and Enrichment

Mark Elmore

in Becoming Religious in a Secular Age

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520290532
eISBN:
9780520964648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290532.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines how “religion” circulates from margin to center and back, starting in the remote villages of the upper Himalayas, traveling through a small regional city and into the state ... More


Cultivating Religion amid the Conflicting Desires of Goats, Gods, and Government

Mark Elmore

in Becoming Religious in a Secular Age

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780520290532
eISBN:
9780520964648
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520290532.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Early records show that animal sacrifice has long been a common compulsory component of local rites in the region of Himachal Pradesh. As recently as the early 1960s, there was virtually no debate ... More


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