The Grace of Four Moons

The Grace of Four Moons : Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India

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Because clothing, food, and shelter are basic human needs, they provide excellent entries to cultural values and individual aesthetics. Everyone gets dressed every day, but body art has not received the attention it deserves as the most common and universal of material expressions of culture. The Grace of Four Moons aims to document the clothing decisions made by ordinary people in their everyday lives. Based on fieldwork conducted primarily in the city of Banaras, India, Pravina Shukla conceptualizes and realizes a total model for the study of body art-understood as all aesthetic modifications and supplementations to the body. Shukla urges the study of the entire process of body art, from the assembly of raw materials and the manufacture of objects, through their sale and the interactions between merchants and consumers, to the consumer's use of objects in creating personal more

Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 178 x 241 x 30.48mm | 885g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 49 b&w photos, 25 color photos, 2 maps
  • 0253021138
  • 9780253021137

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The book is skillfully organized, written in a clear, jargon-free, unpretentious style . . . and it is an outstanding first work by a most promising young scholar. October 15, 2008 -- Charles G Zug III * Journal of Folklore Research * The Grace of Four Moons provides a wealth of information about clothing and jewelry as an outlet for women seeking freedom of expression in India, while staying with a traditional framework.June 18, 2008 * India Currents Magazine * Well-researched and well-produced, The Grace of Four Moons is a welcome addition to the scholarly canon for a wide range of academic as well as more popular objectives. 69.1, 2010 * Western Folklore * For folklorists and cultural anthropologists, this is a treasure trove of information. For students of religion, it provides the material reference to the system of beliefs. . . . Highly recommended.September 2008 * Choice *show more

About Pravina Shukla

Pravina Shukla is Associate Professor in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. She is author of Costume: Performing Identities through Dress (IUP, 2015) and editor (with Ray Cashman and Tom Mould) of The Individual and Tradition: Folkloristic Perspectives (IUP, 2011).show more

Table of contents

ContentsAcknowledgmentsPart 1. Introduction1. Body Art in Banaras2. Getting Ready3. Gaze, Sacred and SecularPart 2. Production and Commerce4. Shopping for Clothes5. Weaving Saris6. Making Jewelry7. Kanhaiya Lal8. Shopping along the Vishvanath Gali9. Assembling Bangle SetsPart 3. Personal Adornment10. Nina Khanchandani11. Neelam Chaturvedi12. Mukta TripathiPart 4. Body Art in the Lifecycle13. After the Wedding14. Before the Wedding15. The WeddingPart 5. Conclusion16. The Study of Body ArtGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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