Encompassing a Fractal World
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Encompassing a Fractal World : The Energetic Female Core in Myth and Everyday Life

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Encompassing a Fractal World presents a groundbreaking, innovative paradigm which opens up new perspectives for understanding and analyzing Hindu life and culture. This book is an interdisciplinary comparative work which attempts to 'connect the dots', moving beyond isolated local village-based studies in order to bridge the gulf between anthropology and Hindu studies.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.1 x 22.9mm | 430.92g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739111736
  • 9780739111734
  • 2,111,151

About Gil Daryn

Gil Daryn works with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Kathmandu, Nepal.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 An Overview Part 2 MAN: UNDERSTANDING MISTRUST Chapter 3 Himalayan Uncertainties Chapter 4 Encompassing the Ambivalent Female Core Part 5 COSMOS: FROM IMAGE TO COSMOLOGY Chapter 6 On Hindu Divine Sexuality and Marriage Chapter 7 The Jagya - Ethnography Chapter 8 The Jagya - an Analysis Part 9 RICE: FROM MUST TO TRUST - AN ONTOGENY OF RICE Chapter 10 An Agricultural Jagya Chapter 11 The 'World Upside-Down' or a Himalayan Inversion of Hierarchy and Trust Chapter 12 Conclusionshow more

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This is an intricate book dealing with complex subject matter. Daryn's monograph is a carefully worded argument for the application of the 'fractal of matrimonial encompassment' as a key notion for making sense of and interpreting Hindu culture and society...Encompassing a Fractal World is ethnographically rich (drawing on different techniques such as fieldnotes, personal reflections, and a number of well-chosen greyscale photographs) and analytically precise (excellent and consistent transcription of local terms, augmented by a glossary). Journal Of The Royal Anthropological Institute, March 2010show more