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Ghosts : life and death in North India. Anthropological papers of the AMNH ; no. 72

Show simple item record Freed, Ruth S. en_US Freed, Stanley A. en_US 2006-02-08T17:54:00Z 2006-02-08T17:54:00Z 1993 en_US
dc.description 396 p. : ill. ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 315-330) and index. en_US
dc.description.abstract This monograph is the ninth of a series devoted to the description and analysis of life in Shanti Nagar, a village in the Union Territory of Delhi. Our research is based on holistic fieldwork carried out in 1957-59 and 1977-1978. Previous monographs, all published in the Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, have dealt with social organization, economics, rites of passage, fertility and sterilization, elections, sickness and health, enculturation and education, and ghosts in the context of a woman's psychomedical case history. The present monograph places ghost illness, ghost possession, and poltergeist attacks in an historical, psychological, ecological, medical, ideological, and holistic ethnographic context. A descriptive and comparative case-study method is central to the analysis. Among the ghost-related topics that are covered are beliefs; causes; gender, age and caste distribution; sectarian differences (the Arya Samaj vs. Sanatan Dharma); and the recruitment, training, and methods of exorcists and curers. en_US
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dc.language eng en_US
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher New York : American Museum of Natural History ; Seattle, WA : Distributed by the University of Washington Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Anthropological papers of the American Museum of Natural History, no. 72 en_US
dc.subject.lcc GN2 .A27 no.72, 1993 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ghosts -- India -- Punjab. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Folklore -- India -- Punjab. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Punjab (India) -- Religion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh India -- Religion. en_US
dc.title Ghosts : life and death in North India. Anthropological papers of the AMNH ; no. 72 en_US
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  • Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History
    The Anthropological Papers, published continuously since 1907, are monographic volumes that include some of the great ethnographies of the 20th century, particularly on North American Indians. Several illustrious anthropologists published their work in the Anthropological Papers, as well as many past and present curators of the AMNH Division of Anthropology. Prior to 1930, large special reports were published in the Memoirs.

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