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Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India

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From the author of The Last Mughal (“A compulsively readable masterpiece” —The New York Review of Books), an exquisite, mesmerizing book that illuminates the remarkable ways in which traditional forms of religious life in India have been transformed in the vortex of the region’s rapid change—a book that distills the author’s twenty-five years of travel in India, taking us deep into ways of life that we might otherwise never have known exist.

A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet—and spends the rest of his life atoning for the violence by hand printing the finest prayer flags in India . . . A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her closest friend ritually starve herself to death . . . A woman leaves her middle-class life in Calcutta and finds unexpected fulfillment living as a Tantric in an isolated, skull-filled cremation ground . . . A prison warder from Kerala is worshipped as an incarnate deity for three months of every year . . . An idol carver, the twenty-third in a long line of sculptors, must reconcile himself to his son’s desire to study computer engineering . . . An illiterate goatherd from Rajasthan keeps alive in his memory an ancient four-thousand-stanza sacred epic . . . A temple prostitute, who initially resisted her own initiation into sex work, pushes both her daughters into a trade she nonetheless regards as a sacred calling.

William Dalrymple chronicles these lives with expansive insight and a spellbinding evocation of circumstance. And while the stories reveal the vigorous resilience of individuals in the face of the relentless onslaught of modernity, they reveal as well the continuity of ancient traditions that endure to this day. A dazzling travelogue of both place and spirit.

Synopsis:

Examines how traditional religions are observed in present-day India through the experiences of such individuals as a Tantric practicing middle-class woman from Calcutta, a prison warder from Kerala who is worshipped as an incarnate deity and a Jain nun who watched a friend ritually starve. By the award-winning author of From the Holy Mountain.

Synopsis:

A study of the ways in which traditional forms of religious life in India have been transformed in the vortex of the region's rapid change.

About the Author

William Dalrymple is the author of six previous acclaimed works of history and travel, including City of Djinns, which won the Young British Writer of the Year Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award; the best-selling From the Holy Mountain; White Mughals, which won Britain’s most prestigious history prize, the Wolfson; and The Last Mughal, which won the Duff Cooper Prize for History and Biography. He divides his time between New Delhi and London, and is a contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and The Guardian.

Table of Contents

The nun's tale — The dancer of Kannur — The daughters of Yellamma — The singer of epics — The red fairy — The monk's tale — The maker of idols — The lady twilight — The song of the blind minstrel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307593597
Subtitle:
In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
Dalrymple, William
Author:
William Dalrymple
Author:
the best-selling <i>From the Holy Mountain
Subject:
Fiction : Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Religious
Subject:
Travel : Asia - India
Subject:
Body, Mind & Spirit : Mysticism
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
Mysticism
Subject:
India Religion.
Subject:
Religious biography -- India.
Subject:
Biography-Religious
Subject:
TRAVEL / General
Subject:
Travel Writing-Asia
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Travel-India
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100615
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
275

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Biography » General
Biography » Religious
History and Social Science » Sociology » General
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Religion » Eastern Religions » General
Travel » Asia » India

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"Synopsis" by , Examines how traditional religions are observed in present-day India through the experiences of such individuals as a Tantric practicing middle-class woman from Calcutta, a prison warder from Kerala who is worshipped as an incarnate deity and a Jain nun who watched a friend ritually starve. By the award-winning author of From the Holy Mountain.
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