Hindu, Sufi, or Sikh: contested practices and by Steven Wesley Ramey

By Steven Wesley Ramey

This multi-sited ethnography considers the impression of contested definitions at the reports and representations of Sindhi Hindus. Ramey acknowledges how the dominant definitions of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism problem groups who defy such understandings and analyzes the methods Sindhi Hindus have confirmed their unconventional practices and historical past within the context in their diaspora. via examining concrete examples of the construction of a history within the context of migration, this ebook considers the results of representations of religions for Sindhi Hindus and different related groups.

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Making Transcendents: Ascetics and Social Memory in Early by Robert Ford Campany

By Robert Ford Campany

Honorable point out, Joseph Levenson Prize (pre-1900 category), Association for Asian Studies

By the center of the 3rd century B.C.E. in China there have been people who sought to develop into transcendents (xian)―deathless, godlike beings endowed with supernormal powers. This quest for transcendence turned an incredible kind of spiritual expression and helped lay the basis on which the 1st Daoist faith used to be outfitted. either xian and people who aspired to this exalted prestige within the centuries top as much as 350 C.E. have characteristically been portrayed as secretive and hermit-like figures. This groundbreaking examine deals a truly diverse view of xian-seekers in overdue classical and early medieval China. It means that transcendence didn't contain a withdrawal from society yet fairly could be obvious as a spiritual function positioned between different social roles and conceived unlike them. Robert Campany argues that the much-discussed secrecy surrounding ascetic disciplines used to be truly one very important method within which practitioners provided themselves to others. He contends, additionally, that many adepts weren't socially remoted in any respect yet have been a lot wanted for his or her energy to heal the in poor health, divine the long run, and narrate their unique experiences.

The publication strikes from an outline of the jobs of xian and xian-seekers to an account of the way participants stuffed those roles, even if through their very own organisation or by means of others’―or, usually, by way of either. Campany summarizes the repertoire of positive factors that constituted xian roles and offers an in depth instance of what analyses of these cultural repertoires seem like. He charts the services of a easy dialectic within the self-presentations of adepts and examines their narratives and family members with others, together with family and officers. ultimately, he appears at hagiographies as makes an attempt to cajole readers as to the identities and reputations of previous members. His interpretation of those tales permits us to work out how reputations have been formed or even co-opted―sometimes relatively surprisingly―into the ranks of xian.

Making Transcendents presents a nuanced dialogue that pulls on a cosmopolitan seize of various theoretical assets whereas being completely grounded in conventional chinese language hagiographical, historiographical, and scriptural texts. the image it provides of the search for transcendence as a social phenomenon in early medieval China is unique and provocative, as is the paradigm it bargains for knowing the jobs of holy people in different societies.

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Wandering with Sadhus: Ascetics in the Hindu Himalayas by Sondra L. Hausner

By Sondra L. Hausner

In this relocating ethnographic portrait of Hindu renouncers—sadhus or ascetics—in northern India and Nepal, Sondra L. Hausner considers a paradox that shapes their lives: whereas ostensibly outlined by way of their solitary non secular perform, the stripping away of social commitments, and their holiday with relatives and group, renouncers actually frequently have interaction with "householder" society. They shape a particular, substitute group with its personal inner constitution, yet one who isn't really positioned in any unmarried position. hugely cellular and dispersed around the subcontinent, its contributors are frequently introduced jointly via pilgrimage circuits on pageant cycles. Drawing on decades of fieldwork, Hausner offers intimate photographs of person sadhus as she examines the shared perspectives of house, time, and the physique that create the floor for daily adventure. Written with a rare mix of empathy, compassion, and anthropological perception, this learn will attract students, scholars, and basic readers alike.

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Oil: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld Beginner’s Guides) by Vaclav Smil

By Vaclav Smil

With out oil, there will be no globalisation, no plastic, little delivery, and an international political panorama that few might realize. during this eye-catching ebook Vaclav Smil explains all concerns regarding the 'black stuff', from its discovery within the earth, throughout to the political maelstrom that surrounds it this present day. full of interesting proof and perception, this e-book will supply readers with the technology and politics in the back of the world's such a lot debatable source.

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Taiwanese Pilgrimage to China: Ritual, Complicity, Community by D. Hatfield

By D. Hatfield

This e-book examines the pilgrimages to China from Taiwan within the overdue Nineteen Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties and gives a wide-ranging account of city making plans statements, arguments approximately ritual propriety, and the cloth tradition of pilgrimage. Taiwanese Pilgrimage to China argues that as Taiwanese pilgrims and their chinese language hosts translated values produced in ritual contexts into the phrases of monetary and political reform, they grew to become complicit in a shared venture of composing ancient fact. With its consciousness to pilgrimages at a potential middle of geopolitical clash, Taiwanese Pilgrimage to China offers an account of ways shared frameworks for motion develop and advances anthropological understandings of clash solution.

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Chinese Taoist Sorcery: The Art of Getting Even by Min Tzu

By Min Tzu

The 5 thousand yr previous rules of Taoist sorcery are unveiled during this striking book.

In this publication you'll find out about:

* The Circle of Wizards and its outstanding powers, able to influencing participants and countries
* the character of fine and evil
* the character of ghosts
* the character and that means of the soul
* The devil's disciples and their goals
* the character of the hereafter
* the true ideas at the back of religion
* chinese language sorcery in politics and economics
* chinese language sorcery within the military
* Geomancy: the destiny of homes and different places
* the character of icons
* the rules of reincarnation
* The unusual proof of lifestyles and death
* nutrients spells

You also will discover:

* how you can ask the gods for funds and success
* how you can counter unfavorable spells
* how you can neutralize enemies
* find out how to use chinese language sorcery in gambling
* tips to increase or bankrupt a business
* find out how to oppose detrimental entities
* easy methods to remove undesirable luck
* How sorcery is utilized in genuine estate
* How lifeless relations can assist you
* how one can unite humans in marriage
* tips to shield young ones from evil influences
* tips to struggle lawsuits
* how you can provide yourself with protection whereas travelling
* how one can shield your self opposed to jealous co-workers

And many extra ideas and how one can take care of so much destructive contingencies in existence.

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Food, Sacrifice, and Sagehood in Early China by Roel Sterckx

By Roel Sterckx

In old China, the coaching of meals and the delivering up of nutrition as a spiritual sacrifice have been in detail attached with versions of sagehood and ideas of self-cultivation and morality. Drawing on acquired and newly excavated written assets, Roel Sterckx's publication explores how this vivid tradition inspired the ways that the early chinese language defined the workings of the human senses, and the function of sensory event in speaking with the spirit international. The e-book, which starts with a survey of nutritional tradition from the Zhou to the Han and provides a few exciting insights into the ritual coaching of foodstuff - a few butchers and chefs have been extremely popular and might upward thrust to positions of effect because of their culinary abilities - and the sacrificial rite itself. As a huge contribution to the examine of early China and to the advance of philosophical suggestion, the ebook might be crucial examining for college kids of the interval, and for a person attracted to ritual and faith within the historic global.

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Profound Buddhism: From Hinayana to Vajrayana by Kalu Rinpoche

By Kalu Rinpoche

This quantity is a part of a chain of 3 books dedicated to Tibetan Buddhism as noticeable throughout the teachings of 1 of the main respected masters of recent instances, Kalu Rinpoche. the entire three-volume paintings consists of: first-class Buddhism Profound Buddhism mystery Buddhism

The first quantity, first-class Buddhism, features a variety of biographical records on Kalu Rinpoche, significantly the extraordinary thoughts of Lama Gyaltsen. the 1st quantity additionally comprises teachings dealing extra particularly with everyday life and with the dating among Buddhism and the West.

The moment quantity, Profound Buddhism, offers the lessons on Hinayana and Mahayana as esoteric facets of Buddhism. Profound Buddhism expounds at the absolute nature of brain, vacancy, and compassion; facing conflicting feelings; the placement of the person within the cycle of life; and karma. eventually, the 3rd quantity, mystery Buddhism, unearths the foundations of Vajrayana, mantras, empowerments, the six yogas of Naropa, and so on. It comprises very important chapters at the bardo (the interval of time among demise and rebirth), Tibetan drugs, and initiation lineages.

Kalu Rinpoche, Lama of sunshine, got here to France for the 1st time in 1971. Tibet, an inaccessible stronghold of optimum spirituality, had remained separate as much as this time, at the grounds that the remainder of the area couldn't comprehend her. Kalu Rinpoche, then nearly 70 years previous, was once the 1st, regardless of the skepticism of nearly all of his friends, to think that Tibetan Buddhism can have an effect within the West.

History proved that he was once correct. He taught many of us in the course of quite a few journeys till his dying in 1989. lots of them have been captivated via his charismatic radiance and set out at the course of liberation. Kalu Rinpoche isn't any longer with us, however the wealth, intensity, and variety of his recorded teachings stay.

Unfortunately, those recordings should not available to the general public. not just is the lamp stored at nighttime, yet this treasury runs the danger of changing into misplaced. Reflecting in this scenario, Lama Gyaltsen, who was once for forty years Rinpoche's servant after which his secretary, requested us to assemble and edit all of the to be had teachings of Kalu Rinpoche.

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