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Aghor Medicine

Pollution, Death, and Healing in Northern India

Ronald L. Barrett

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Pädagogik

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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.

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hardship, ayurveda, multicultural medicine, political organization, northern india, india, medical conditions, politics, ritually polluted substances, biomedicines, human skulls, medical anthropology, ritual bathing, health, cannibalism, radical, stigmatized diseases, charnel grounds, corpses, anthropology, post mortem rites, healing, death, illness and health, aghori, kapalas, meditation, cremation grounds, conflict, healing powers, pollution, living naked, aghor therapy, aghor medicine, coprophagy, cremation, skull cups