Tales of Justice and Rituals of Divine Embodiment: Oral Narratives from the Central Himalayas by Aditya MalikTales of Justice and Rituals of Divine Embodiment: Oral Narratives from the Central Himalayas by Aditya Malik

Tales of Justice and Rituals of Divine Embodiment: Oral Narratives from the Central Himalayas

byAditya Malik

Hardcover | June 27, 2016

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Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork conducted in the Central Himalayan region of Kumaon, Tales of Justice and Rituals of Divine Embodiment draws on oral and written narratives, stories, testimonies, and rituals told and performed in relation to the "God of Justice," Goludev, and otherregional deities. The book seeks to answer several questions: How is the concept of justice defined in South Asia? Why do devotees seek out Goludev for the resolution of matters of justice instead of using the secular courts? What are the sociological and political consequences of situating divinejustice within a secular, democratic, modern context? Moreover, how do human beings locate themselves within the indeterminateness and struggles of their everyday existence? What is the place of language and ritual in creating intimacy and self? How is justice linked to intimacy, truth, and beinghuman?The stories and narratives in this book revolve around Goludev's own story and deeds, as well as hundreds of petitions (manauti) written on paper that devotees hang on his temple walls, and rituals (jagar) that involve spirit possession and the embodiment of the deity through designated mediums. Thejagars are powerful, extraordinary experiences, mesmerizing because of their intensity but also because of what they imply in terms of how we conceptualize being human with the seemingly limitless potential to shift, alter, and transform ourselves through language and ritual practice. The petitions,though silent and absent of the singing, drumming, and choreography that accompany jagars, are equally powerful because of their candid and intimate testimony to the aspirations, breakdowns, struggles, and breakthroughs that circumscribe human existence.
Aditya Malik is Professor and Dean of the School of Historical Studies at Nalanda University in India.
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Title:Tales of Justice and Rituals of Divine Embodiment: Oral Narratives from the Central HimalayasFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:June 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019932509X

ISBN - 13:9780199325092

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"This is a powerful book. The petitions offered to Goludev by people from different castes and classes, in a variety of languages including English, are absolutely fascinating. That a folk deity should serve as a court of justice in the manner of a modern judicial system is totally amazing.The book is going to make an important mark in the world of our thinking. It will be used by anthropologists, South Asianists, scholars of Religious Studies, folklorists, philosophers, and lay readers. Perhaps for the first time it will bring scholars of rural cultures into conversation with socialthinkers and will be seen as a breakthrough in the scholarship related to human societies." --Velcheru Narayana Rao, Visweswara Rao and Sita Koppaka Chair in Telugu Literature, History and Culture, Emory University