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Images Of The Body In India

Author: Axel Michaels
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136703934
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This intriguing book engages with the concept of the body in its cultural context by acknowledging and demonstrating that the human body is understood differently in Western and Indian cultures. The contributors go on to show that any attempt to put forward a single concept of the body within Indian culture would be misleading. Divided into three parts, the book examines the considerable and often conflicting variations in body images and body concepts. In Part One the contributors focus on the representation of the body in religious and philosophical texts; representations that emerged from reading, translating and interpreting classical writings from diverse historical and anthropological approaches. Through predominantly ethnographic studies, Part Two explores the role of the body in narratives and ritual performance, from dance to ritualistic ceremonies. Visualisation processes of the body are examined in Part Three, focusing on developments in modern and contemporary periods: from visual practices at the Mughal court, to the multiple bodies of the bride, and the influence of new media. This volume is a fascinating collection of articles for those in the fields of sociology and anthropology, history, religion, cultural studies and South Asian studies.

Exploring The Senses

Author: Axel Michaels
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317342100
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This fascinating volume offers a transdisciplinary and transcultural approach to understanding the senses by exploring themes in anthropologies of sound, sight, smell, taste, touch, and movement as expressed through aesthetic, perceptual, religious, and spiritual experiences. In drawing upon comparative perspectives from Indian and Western theories, the essays demonstrate the integral relation of senses with each other as well as with allied notions of the body, emotion and cultural memory. Stressing the continued relevance of senses as they manifest in a globalized world under the influence of new media, this work will interest scholars of anthropology, cultural studies, sociology, ritual studies, psychology, religion, philosophy, and history.

Folklore Religion And The Songs Of A Bengali Madman

Author: Carola Lorea
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004324712
Size: 49.89 MB
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In this book, Lorea explores the relationship between Bengali folklore, heterodox religious movements and politics of cultural representation through the contextual study of the eccentric guru Bhaba Pagla (1902-1984), his ecstatic songs and their performers.

Sex Rules

Author: Janice Zarro Brodman
Publisher: Mango Media Inc.
ISBN: 1633535940
Size: 51.43 MB
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Sex roles, sex rules and sexual practices ─ How much do you really know about sex and sexual activity customs and behavior around our world? Sex is always hot. Other people's lusty antics even hotter. This book pulls back the curtains on a dizzying array of hilarious stereotype-busting sexual practices from around the world. It is joyful, deliciously outrageous, titillating, hilarious. The fact that it's all true makes it even more fascinating. It takes the ever-intriguing question “What is ‘normal’ sex?” and creates a rollicking worldwide tour with LOL perspectives on extraordinary sexual activity. It will astound you, regale you, blow you away. At the same time, it expands your tolerance, proving sex is like happiness – universally sought but subjectively enjoyed.