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Recipes for Immortality: Healing, Religion, and Community in South India

Richard S Weiss

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195335231
eISBN:
9780199868803
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335231.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book illuminates the present success of traditional doctors by examining the ways that siddha medical practitioners in Tamil south India have won the trust and patronage of patients. While ... More


Introduction

Richard S. Weiss

in Recipes for Immortality: Healing, Religion, and Community in South India

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195335231
eISBN:
9780199868803
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335231.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter begins by asking: How have contemporary traditional siddha medical practitioners in south India continued to win patronage for their practices? The answer lies not only in the physical ... More


Reviving the Utopian Character of Siddha Medicine

Richard S. Weiss

in Recipes for Immortality: Healing, Religion, and Community in South India

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195335231
eISBN:
9780199868803
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335231.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter looks at the utopian character that siddha practitioners ascribe to siddha medicine. The features attributed to siddha medicine—egalitarianism, rationality, science, accordance with ... More


Conclusion: The Holy Science of Siddha Medicine

Richard S. Weiss

in Recipes for Immortality: Healing, Religion, and Community in South India

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195335231
eISBN:
9780199868803
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335231.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This final chapter gives recipes for two siddha medicines, one that is said to have the potential to restore youth and cure all diseases. It then discusses two general features of siddha medical ... More


Gurumayi, the Play of Shakti and Guru

Karen Pechilis

in The Graceful Guru: Hindu Female Gurus in India and the United States

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195145380
eISBN:
9780199849963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145380.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

Gurumayi (Swami Chidvilasananda) is the current guru of the worldwide Siddha Yoga organization that promotes the uplift of humanity through a collective “revolution” in spiritual consciousness, ... More


Death and Nurturance in Indian Systems of Healing

Charles Leslie and Allan Young

in Paths to Asian Medical Knowledge

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520073173
eISBN:
9780520910935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520073173.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

This chapter describes the tenets of four indigenous systems of healing in India, as its practitioners use it and as they appear in the texts. The four systems are as follows. Firstly, Ayurveda, a ... More


Tantra in the West

André Padoux

in The Hindu Tantric World: An Overview

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226423937
eISBN:
9780226424125
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226424125.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter provides an overview of Tantra in contemporary West. The presence of Tantra in the West is interesting because it is one of the aspects of the relationship between the West and a largely ... More


Continuity with Consumer Culture

Andrea R. Jain

in Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199390236
eISBN:
9780199390274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199390236.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In the late twentieth century, modern yoga entered a new phase of development in the context of consumer culture that enabled it to move from counterculture to popular culture. The chapter discusses ... More


Branding Yoga

Andrea R. Jain

in Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199390236
eISBN:
9780199390274
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199390236.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter argues that, in the late twentieth century, yoga proponents attracted large audiences to yoga and established and acknowledged authority by branding yoga, a process that reflects ... More


Muktananda: Entrepreneurial Godman, Tantric Hero

Andrea R. Jain

in Gurus of Modern Yoga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199938704
eISBN:
9780199345892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938704.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The model of brand management is effective for understanding Muktananda and Siddha Yoga, and its products and services. Muktananda pursued the global dissemination of Siddha Yoga, a tantric variety ... More


Stretching toward the Sacred: John Friend and Anusara Yoga

Lola Williamson

in Gurus of Modern Yoga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199938704
eISBN:
9780199345892
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199938704.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Following the typology developed by Elizabeth De Michelis, this chapter locates Anusara Yoga within the context of Modern Yoga, primarily as a form of Postural Yoga. John Friend, founder of Anusara ... More


Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets: Medicine and Martial Arts in South India

Roman Sieler

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780190243852
eISBN:
9780190243883
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243852.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book provides an ethnographic studie of siddha medicine, one of the recognized Indian medical systems, and one of its subtraditions, varmakkalai, “the art of the vital spots,” a South Indian ... More


Vital Manifestations: Marman, Marmmam, and Varmam Spots

Roman Sieler

in Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets: Medicine and Martial Arts in South India

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780190243852
eISBN:
9780190243883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243852.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter provides an overview of vital spot traditions and related theories of the body, which pervade numerous aspects of Indian and South Asian culture. Vital spots called marman were expounded ... More


The Vital Spots: Heterogeneous Theories, Consistent Traditions

Roman Sieler

in Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets: Medicine and Martial Arts in South India

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780190243852
eISBN:
9780190243883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243852.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter explores the theoretical underpinnings of vital spots, which have a bearing on both therapeutic and martial practices and which are thus at the core of what hereditary exponents of vital ... More


Healing the Hidden: Somatic Modes of Attending to Bodies

Roman Sieler

in Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets: Medicine and Martial Arts in South India

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780190243852
eISBN:
9780190243883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243852.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter analyzes the intricacies of vital spot medicine and the agency and interaction of patients and practitioners. Treatments include stimulations of particular loci to retrieve patients from ... More


Epilogue: From Tactility to Textuality, from Kanyakumari to the World

Roman Sieler

in Lethal Spots, Vital Secrets: Medicine and Martial Arts in South India

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780190243852
eISBN:
9780190243883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190243852.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This epilogue provides a striking counterpoint to the book’s overall narrative by taking a look beyond Kanyakumari district and Tamil Nadu at emerging ways of vital spot instruction and at the ... More


The Lives and Lives of the Madmen of Ü and Tsang

David M. DiValerio

in The Holy Madmen of Tibet

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199391202
eISBN:
9780199391233
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391202.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter begins with a discussion of the nature of religious biographies or hagiographies: how they function in their documentary and work-like aspects; what they do and do not tell us; and how ... More


Sainthood in the Making: The Madmen of Ü and Tsang in Public

David M. DiValerio

in The Holy Madmen of Tibet

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199391202
eISBN:
9780199391233
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199391202.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter explores the effects the Madmen of Ü and Tsang’s adoption of their distinctive lifestyle had on their standing in the eyes of the broader Tibetan public of their day, with special ... More


Buddhas, Siddhas, and Indian Masculine Ideals

John Powers

in Tantric Traditions in Transmission and Translation

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780199763689
eISBN:
9780190459451
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199763689.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter charts a shift in Indian Buddhist paradigms of ideal masculinity from the Buddha—conceived as both the ideal scholar-priest and also as the paragon of warriors and rulers—to the figure ... More


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