Sondra L. Hausner
Title Wandering with Sadhus: Ascetics in the Hindu Himalayas
Book Condition New
Publisher New Delhi, India Cambridge University Press 2011
8175968923 / 9788175968929
Seller ID 101498
In this moving ethnographic portrait of Hindu renouncers – sadhus or ascetics – in northern India and Nepal Sondra L. Hausner considers a paradox that shapes their lives: while ostensibly defined by their solitary spiritual practice the stripping away of social commitments and their break with family and community renouncers in fact regularly interact with each other and with “householder” society. They form a distinctive alternative community with its own internal structure one that is not located in any single space. Highly mobile and dispersed across the subcontinent its members are regulalrly brought together through pilgrimage circuits on festival cycles. Drawing on many years of fieldwork Hausner presents intimate portraits of individual sadhus as she examines the shared views of space time and the body that create the ground of everyday experience. Written with an extraordinary blend of empathy compassion and anthropological insight this study will appeal to scholars students and general readers alike.Printed Pages: 266.
Wandering with Sadhus: Ascetics in the Hindu Himalayas Sondra L. Hausner