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Aghor Medicine

Pollution, Death, and Healing in Northern India

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Aghor Medicine by Ronald L. Barrett
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For centuries, the Aghori have been known as the most radical ascetics in India: living naked on the cremation grounds, meditating on corpses, engaging in cannibalism and coprophagy, and consuming intoxicants out of human skulls. In recent years, however, they have shifted their practices from the embrace of ritually polluted substances to the healing of stigmatized diseases. In the process, they have become a large, socially mainstream, and politically powerful organization. Based on extensive fieldwork, this lucidly written book explores the dynamics of pollution, death, and healing in Aghor medicine. Ron Barrett examines a range of Aghor therapies from ritual bathing to modified Ayurveda and biomedicines and clarifies many misconceptions about this little-studied group and its highly unorthodox, powerful ideas about illness and healing.

Author Biography

Ron Barrett is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University.
Release date Australia
April 4th, 2008
Contributor
Foreword by Jonathan P. Parry
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
10 b-w photographs, 4 line illustrations, 1 map, 3 tables
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
240
Dimensions
152x229x15
ISBN-13
9780520252196
Product ID
3442832

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