Medusa S Hair

Author: Gananath Obeyesekere
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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In its analyses of the symbolism of guilt, the adaptational and integrative significance of belief in spirits, and a host of related issues concerning possession states and religiosity, this book marks a provocative advance in psychological ...

The Medusa Reader

Author: Marjorie Garber
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136635416
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from Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and ReligiousExperience(
1981). An. Anthropological. View. Gananath Obeyesekere isaprofessorof
anthropology whose work focuses onthe interrelationofanthropologyand
psychoanalysis and on the ways in whichpersonalsymbolismis related to
religious experience. In the influential essay excerpted below, Medusa's hair
becomes a thematic focus for an anthropological discussion of ecstatic religious
figures in Sri Lanka.

The Awakened Ones

Author: Gananath Obeyesekere
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231153627
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A career-culminating work, this volume translates the epistemology of Hindu and Buddhist thinkers for western audiences while revitalizing western philosophical and scientific inquiry.

Hair Matters

Author: Ingrid Banks
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 9780814713365
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For example, in Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious
Experience, Gananath Obeyesekere (1981) argues that Leach should have
given more credence to psychoanalysis. In a discussion on public and private
symbols, using ethnographic evidence, Obeyesekere argues that private symbols
originate within the unconscious, but these symbols may or may not develop
public sig- nificance. Hair theorists began to consider other issues besides hair
symbolism as ...

Indian Asceticism

Author: Carl Olson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190266406
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See Gananath Obeyesekere, Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and
Religious Experience (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981). Olivelle
disputes Obeyesekere's claim about castration because he interprets the shaven
head as a symbolic ritual separation from society, indicating that the ascetic/monk
has no social role or status. The shaving symbolizes a return to a sexually and
socially undifferentiated status of an infant (p. 205) in “Deconstruction of the Body
.” 36.

Never Try To Teach A Pig To Sing

Author: Alan Dundes
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 9780814323588
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Thus, to cut one's hair is to diminish symbolically one's visible badge of sexuality
— just as Samson's shorn locks signified his loss of virility and strength (Judges
16). For an extended discussion of the symbolism of hair, see Edmund R. Leach,
"Magical Hair," Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 88 (1958), 147-64,
and Gan- anath Obeyesekere, Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols
and Religious Experience (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981). In the
version ...

Immortal Wishes

Author: Ellen Schattschneider
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822330622
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notes Introduction I In Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and
Religious Experience, Gananath Obeyesekere also finds in Freud's reading of a
classical Greek myth inspiration for an ethnographic analysis of a non-Western
social institution, although he does not accept all of Freud's interpretations of the
myth in question. Similarly, I do not find Freud's reading of the Tartarus legend,
which he largely adapts from Rank, entirely convincing. However, like
Obeyesekere in ...

Imagining Karma

Author: Gananath Obeyesekere
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520936300
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In a contemporary intellectual context that celebrates difference and cultural relativism, this book makes a case for disciplined comparison, a humane view of human nature, and a theoretical understanding of "family resemblances" and ...

Winged Faith

Author: Tulasi Srinivas
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231520522
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The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future. Cambridge
: Belknap. Nyomarkay, Joseph. 1967. Charisma and Factionalism in the Nazi
Party. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Obeyesekere, Gananath.
1981. Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious Experience.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ——— 1988. The Work of Culture:
Symbolic Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology. Chicago:
University of Chicago ...