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Nine Lives In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

ISBN-10: 0307272826
ISBN-13: 9780307272829
Edition: 2010
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Description: From the author ofThe Last Mughal(ldquo;A compulsively readable masterpiecerdquo;-The New York Review of Books), a mesmerizing book that explores how traditional religions are observed in todayrsquo;s India, revealing ways of life that we might  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/15/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

From the author ofThe Last Mughal(ldquo;A compulsively readable masterpiecerdquo;-The New York Review of Books), a mesmerizing book that explores how traditional religions are observed in todayrsquo;s India, revealing ways of life that we might otherwise never have known. A middle-class woman from Calcutta finds unexpected fulfillment living as a Tantric in an isolated, skull-filled cremation ground . . . A prison warder from Kerala is worshipped as an incarnate deity for two months of every year . . . A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment watching her closest friend ritually starve herself to death . . . The twenty-third in a centuries-old line of idol makers struggles to reconcile with his sonrsquo;s wish to study computer engineering . . . An illiterate goatherd keeps alive in his memory an ancient 200,000-stanza sacred epic . . . A temple prostitute, who resisted her own initiation into sex work, pushes her daughters into the trade she nonetheless regards as a sacred calling. William Dalrymple tells these stories, among others, with expansive insight and a spellbinding evocation of remarkable circumstance, giving us a dazzling travelogue of both place and spirit.

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Introduction
The Nun's Tale
The Dancer of Kannur
The Daughters of Yellamma
The Singer of Epics
The Red Fairy
The Monk's Tale
The Maker of Idols
The Lady Twilight
The Song of the Blind Minstrel
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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