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21%OFFGananath Obeyesekere - Medusa's Hair - 9780226616018 - V9780226616018
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Medusa's Hair

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Description for Medusa's Hair Paperback. Num Pages: 232 pages, 9 halftones. BIC Classification: 1F; HRA; JFC; JFS; JHM. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly; (UU) Undergraduate. Dimension: 216 x 144 x 15. Weight in Grams: 332.
The great pilgrimage center of southeastern Sri Lanka, Kataragama, has become in recent years the spiritual home of a new class of Hindu-Buddhist religious devotees. These ecstatic priests and priestesses invariably display long locks of matted hair, and they express their devotion to the gods through fire walking, tongue-piercing, hanging on hooks, and trance-induced prophesying.

The increasing popularity of these ecstatics poses a challenge not only to orthodox Sinhala Buddhism (the official religion of Sri Lanka) but also, as Gananath Obeyesekere shows, to the traditional anthropological and psychoanalytic theories of symbolism. Focusing initially on one symbol, matted hair, ... Read more

Product Details

Format
Paperback
Publication date
1984
Publisher
The University of Chicago Press United States
Number of pages
232
Condition
New
Number of Pages
232
Place of Publication
, United States
ISBN
9780226616018
SKU
V9780226616018
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