Sensory Biographies Lives and Deaths among Nepal's Yolmo Buddhists

ISBN-10: 0520235886
ISBN-13: 9780520235885
Edition: 2003
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Description: Robert Desjarlais's graceful ethnography explores the life histories of two Yolmo elders, focusing on how particular sensory orientations and modalities have contributed to the making and the telling of their lives. These two are a woman in her late  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/3/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Robert Desjarlais's graceful ethnography explores the life histories of two Yolmo elders, focusing on how particular sensory orientations and modalities have contributed to the making and the telling of their lives. These two are a woman in her late eighties known as Kisang Omu and a Buddhist priest in his mid-eighties known as Ghang Lama, members of an ethnically Tibetan Buddhist people whose ancestors have lived for three centuries or so along the upper ridges of the Yolmo Valley in north central Nepal. It was clear through their many conversations that both individuals perceived themselves as nearing death, and both were quite willing to share their thoughts about death and dying. The difference between the two was remarkable, however, in that Ghang Lama's life had been dominated by motifs of vision, whereas Kisang Omu's accounts of her life largely involved a "theatre of voices." Desjarlais offers a fresh and readable inquiry into how people's ways of sensing the world contribute to how they live and how they recollect their lives.

Robert Desjarlaisis Professor of Anthropology at Sarah Lawrence College.

List of Illustrations Note on Transliteration
Kuragraphy Hardship, Comfort Twenty-Seven Ways of Looking at Vision Startled into Alertness A Theater of Voices "I've Gotten Old" Essays on Dying "Dying Is This" The Painful Between Desperation The Time of Dying Death Envisioned To Phungboche, by Force Staying Still Mirror of Deeds Dispersals "So: Ragged Woman" Echoes of a Life A Son's Death The End of the Body Last Words
Notes
Glossary of Terms
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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