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By Ronald L. Barrett, Jonathan P. Parry

ISBN-10: 0520252187

ISBN-13: 9780520252189

For centuries, the Aghori were often called the main radical ascetics in India: dwelling bare at the cremation grounds, meditating on corpses, accomplishing cannibalism and coprophagy, and eating intoxicants out of human skulls. lately, although, they've got shifted their practices from the include of ritually polluted elements to the therapeutic of stigmatized ailments. within the procedure, they've got turn into a wide, socially mainstream, and politically robust association. in accordance with huge fieldwork, this lucidly written publication explores the dynamics of pollutants, loss of life, and therapeutic in Aghor medication. Ron Barrett examines a number Aghor cures from ritual bathing to transformed Ayurveda and biomedicines and clarifies many misconceptions approximately this little-studied team and its hugely unorthodox, robust rules approximately disorder and healing.

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As with the pilgrims of temples, the pilgrims of clinics placed their faith in certain authorities conditional upon the timely achievement of a positive result. If the desired result was not forthcoming, the pilgrim-patients were free to go elsewhere. If it was, then they not only referred others and returned for help with future problems, but some went on to become full-fledged devotees themselves (cf. Kakar 1982; Obeyesekere 1981). Such was the case for nearly all the Aghor devotees whom I knew, who spoke of how they initially came to the Aghori for healing, or for solutions to practical problems.

He was a long-time Aghor disciple and nephew of Hari Baba. Sujata Singh was a college student in her early twenties. She was the youngest daughter and designated successor of my Hindi teacher, Virendra Singh. Bantu and Sujata contributed their own talents and chemistry to the ethnographic experience. With Bantu, I had both the advantage and disadvantage of having a key informant whose childhood friends included both Dom cremation attendants and the current head of the Aghor lineage, Baba Siddhartha Gautama Ramji (also known as Gautam Baba).

As with the pilgrims of temples, the pilgrims of clinics placed their faith in certain authorities conditional upon the timely achievement of a positive result. If the desired result was not forthcoming, the pilgrim-patients were free to go elsewhere. If it was, then they not only referred others and returned for help with future problems, but some went on to become full-fledged devotees themselves (cf. Kakar 1982; Obeyesekere 1981). Such was the case for nearly all the Aghor devotees whom I knew, who spoke of how they initially came to the Aghori for healing, or for solutions to practical problems.

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