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Mountain Goddess: Gender and Politics in a Himalayan Pilgrimage
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Oxford Univ Pr
Publication date November 28, 1991
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780195064322
ISBN-10 0195064321
Dimensions 0.75 by 6 by 8.75 in.
Weight 0.90 lbs.
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Original list price $42.00
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Through the cold snows of the Central Himalayas, gods and goddesses are regularly taken on ritual processions from village to village. Nandadevi, one of the most popular goddesses, is worshipped by peasant Hindus in almost every village in the high-altitude districts where India, Nepal, and Tibet meet. This elegant study follows an arduous pilgrimage over the Himalayan ice fields to uncover the reasons for the popularity of this bloodthirsty goddess. Sax discovers that Nandadevi's appeal stems from that fact that her mythology parallels the life-courses of the local peasant women: her ritual procession imitates their annual journey to the village of their birth. Demonstrating that daughters' bonds with their natal homes are so significant that they thematically dominate their religious complex, Sax argues that the Garwhali religious culture actually nurtures the social antagonism that exists between wife-givers and wife-takers throughout North India.

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from Oxford Univ Pr (November 28, 1991)
9780195064322 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $42.00
About: Through the cold snows of the Central Himalayas, gods and goddesses are regularly taken on ritual processions from village to village.
Paperback
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from Oxford Univ Pr on Demand (November 28, 1991)
9780195069792 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $49.95
About: Every few decades, thousands of Hindu villagers in the Central Himalayas of North India carry their regional goddess Nandadevi in a bridal palanquin to her husband Shiva's home, walking barefoot over icebound mountain passes to a lake surrounded by human bones.

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