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God of JusticeRitual Healing and Social Justice in the Central Himalayas$
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William S Sax

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335866

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335866.001.0001

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Landscape, Memory, and Ritual

Landscape, Memory, and Ritual

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(p.51) 3 Landscape, Memory, and Ritual
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God of Justice
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William S. Sax (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335866.003.0003

This chapter focuses on healers, specifically oracular consultations and the major healing rituals. Local notions of place and landscape are of fundamental importance in oracular consultations as well as in healing rituals. These are used as a kind of lens through which to observe and understand the healing cult in general. The experience and transmission of the cult of Bhairav is inseparable from local understandings of place and landscape, especially the way that landscape embodies history, memory, and notions of the person. That is why, in order to grasp the cult “from the inside,”, the chapter considers the ideas and practices associated with place and landscape.

Keywords:   oracles, oracular consultations, healing rituals, place, landscape, Bhairav, cult

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