Download A celebration of demons: Exorcism and the aesthetics of by Bruce Kapferer PDF

By Bruce Kapferer

The Sinhalese exorcism rituals are might be the main complicated and the main outstanding in functionality nonetheless extant. For this moment version, the writer has written a brand new preface and advent within which he argues that the innovations of therapeutic in Sri Lanka and the aesthetics of this therapeutic can't be diminished to Western psychoanalytic or psychotherapeutic phrases, and develops new and unique methods to ritual and the cultured as a rule.

Show description

Read Online or Download A celebration of demons: Exorcism and the aesthetics of healing in Sri Lanka PDF

Similar buddhism books

Buddhism and Christianity: Rivals and Allies

This booklet examines the family members among Buddhism and Christianity within the context
of our rising international civilization. It illuminates particularly the best way Theravada
Buddhism doesn't healthy typical theories approximately faith and doesn't match
Christian (or Muslim or Jewish or Hindu) trust in God. The assumptions of the
two faiths are very diverse certainly. How then will we conceive them as concerning?

1974 Seminary Hinayana-Mahayana

Transcript of talks given by way of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche on the moment Vajradhatu Seminary, Snowmass Village 1974.

Additional resources for A celebration of demons: Exorcism and the aesthetics of healing in Sri Lanka

Example text

After the Second World War, trading in East Africa came to an end, and today none of the Gangarama temple dayakas engage in foreign trade, although some owe their present social positions to forebears who did. The families who supported Suddhammarama temple reestablished trade in Asia after the war, and Asia continued to be a major source of income for the community until the late 1950s. Indeed, there are a few traders from the neighborhood who still run shops in various parts of Asia. The establishment of Suddhammarama temple marked a major social and political division among economically dominant families in the karava community.

They are not simply healing p r a c t i c e s . Moreover, the meaning of these p r a c t i c e s , and the choices which Sinhalese may make among several p r a c t i c e s , is founded upon, and formulated within, a s t r u c t u r e of social and political relations. Put another way, the various p r a c t i c e s theoretically available to Sinhalese have a differential cultural meaning, and consequent appeal, as a product of their articulation within a social and political order. Demon exorcisms are mainly a working-class and peasant p r a c t i c e , and are devalued by the middle class often because of their class associations and connotations.

Some of the wealthy have moved to Colombo, leaving their houses in the care of an aged widow or servants. Keligion, Class, and Change 27 Other karava have fallen on hard times due to government reforms which stripped them of much of their landed wealth. Scattered among these dwellings are, now and then, the poor houses of laborers or fishermen. But in most cases the meaner houses of working-class karava, with their cadjan leaf rooves and walls of mud or wood, are huddled together out of sight along muddy paths behind the more imposing dwellings of the middle class.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.05 of 5 – based on 50 votes