While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal by Elizabeth EnslinWhile the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal by Elizabeth Enslin

While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal

byElizabeth Enslin

Paperback | September 23, 2014

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Love and marriage brought American anthropologist Elizabeth Enslin to a world she never planned to make her own: a life among Brahman in-laws in a remote village in the plains of Nepal. As she faced the challenges of married life, birth, and childrearing in a foreign culture, she discovered as much about human resilience, and the capacity for courage, as she did about herself.
While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal tells a compelling story of a woman transformed in intimate and unexpected ways. Set against the backdrop of increasing political turmoil in Nepal, Enslin s story takes us deep into the lives of local women as they claim their rightful place in societyand make their voices heard."

Elizabeth Enslin grew up in Seattle and went on to earn her PhD in cultural anthropology from Stanford University in 1990. While a graduate student, she married into a Brahman family in the plains of Nepal. Inspired by local women, especially her mother-in-law, she researched women's organizing, poetics, politics, and agroecology. Her ...
Title:While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in NepalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.38 × 5.62 × 0.88 inPublished:September 23, 2014Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1580055443

ISBN - 13:9781580055444


Rated 5 out of 5 by from INCREDIBLE GLIMPSE INTO ANOTHER CULTURE! Other cultures fascinate me, especially their family traditions, structures, and day to day life. I have often wondered what it would be like to be transplanted into the society of another country totally unlike mine. I was able to experience this through Ms. Enslin?s very interesting biography. Even more of a bonus to me, it was through the eyes of a woman. Elizabeth loved anthropology and her burning desire was to live in Africa and do research among the women there. When she fell in love with Pramod Parajuli at Stanford University, she never dreamed she would find herself in Nepal living with his family. It is one thing to go and study people in a foreign country, but it is quite another to become an intimate part of them as a family member. I learned so much about the Hindu faith and culture. She was a brave and adaptable woman, both emotionally and physically. While his family lovingly accepted her, their strict Hindu practices kept her at arm?s length in some areas of their lives. She is not pure enough to help with meals or even remove a pot from the stove that is boiling over. If she did the meal would have to be thrown out and remade. Yet in other areas she must follow the guidelines as a daughter-in-law and family member consistent with their society. Upon arriving she knew little of the language. She also had to deal with very crude living conditions, no indoor plumbing, appliances, heating or air-conditioning, monsoons. Add to this experience being pregnant! She and Pramod decided to move into the loft in the barn over the livestock for more privacy. Their only access was a narrow ladder. Their room had the added company of scorpions, spiders, not to mention the aroma of the buffalo below. It was here she went into labor. Complications necessitated she be taken by a hospital several miles away. In unsanitary conditions with limited medical help she gave birth to a small baby boy. After that she was thrown into raising a child in this Brahman civilization. This gave yet another personal viewpoint, I have rarely seen written about. She adjusted beautifully. I personally would have been terrified in every way. I cannot begin to explain the many facets of life in Nepal that Ms. Enslin?s book thoroughly reveals. I learned not only about the family and the Hindu faith, but also about political conditions past and present, the life of the women, responsibilities, hardships, their viewpoints on life, recreation, and more. You really do want to read this book! I received this book free from FBS Associates, which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Date published: 2014-10-15

Editorial Reviews

I am fascinated and haunted by Elizabeth Enslin's story. It will stay with you and won't let you go."- Luis Alberto Urrea , bestselling author of Into the Beautiful North and The Hummingbird's Daughter "If this fascinating, important story doesn't draw you into Enslin's telling of her time in Nepal, then the beautiful, moving prose will."- Kerry Cohen , author of Seeing Ezra "A fascinating memoir written with such clarity and honesty that it's like taking a years-long trip through a little-known part of Nepal, far from the glamour and tourists of Kathmandu. Enslin's story is utterly unique yet broadly representative of billions of humans in so-called marginal places all over the world caught between tradition, politics, idealism, human nature, the environment, the local economy, the decidedly mixed blessings of globalization, and the simple pleasures of food, family, and the natural world."- Pamela Olson , author of Fast Times in Palestine "This finely written memoir transports the reader into a society on the cusp of social and political transformation. The barriers to gender, caste, and class equality that Elizabeth Enslin reveals continue to impede Nepal's quest for democracy today. This is an inspiring and challenging read for activists, rebels, and dreamers everywhere."- Manjushree Thapa , author of Forget Kathmandu "Elizabeth Enslin is a daring original, both in life and on the page. While the Gods Were Sleeping is a love story, an adventure narrative, and an anthropological study in one, written with a global awareness, free of the exoticism we associate with foreigners in Nepal. Sharply observant and full of wisdom.'- Alden Jones , author of The Blind Masseuse "