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9788120802131 | Orient Book Distributors, January 1, 1987, cover price $65.00
9780226616025 | Univ of Chicago Pr, January 1, 1984, cover price $80.00

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Product Description: The great pilgrimage center of southeastern Sri Lanka, Kataragama, has become in recent years the spiritual home of a new class of Hindu-Buddhist religious devotees. These ecstatic priests and priestesses invariably display long locks of matted hair, and they express their devotion to the gods through fire walking, tongue-piercing, hanging on hooks, and trance-induced prophesying...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780226616018 | Reprint edition (Univ of Chicago Pr, September 15, 1984), cover price $23.00 | About this edition: The great pilgrimage center of southeastern Sri Lanka, Kataragama, has become in recent years the spiritual home of a new class of Hindu-Buddhist religious devotees.

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Product Description: In this study a social and cultural anthropologist and a specialist in the study of religion pool their talents to examine recent changes in popular religion in Sri Lanka. As the Sinhalas themselves perceive it, Buddhism proper has always shared the religious arena with a spirit religion...read more

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9780691073330 | Princeton Univ Pr, January 1, 1989, cover price $63.00 | About this edition: In this study a social and cultural anthropologist and a specialist in the study of religion pool their talents to examine recent changes in popular religion in Sri Lanka.

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9780691019017 | Reprint edition (Princeton Univ Pr, October 10, 1990), cover price $43.95 | About this edition: In this study a social and cultural anthropologist and a specialist in the study of religion pool their talents to examine recent changes in popular religion in Sri Lanka.

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Product Description: "The Work of Culture is the product of two decades of field research by Sri Lanka's most distinguished anthropological interpreter, and its combination of textual analysis, ethnographic sensitivity, and methodological catholicity makes it something of a blockbuster...read more

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9780226615981 | Univ of Chicago Pr, November 27, 1990, cover price $92.00 | About this edition: "The Work of Culture is the product of two decades of field research by Sri Lanka's most distinguished anthropological interpreter, and its combination of textual analysis, ethnographic sensitivity, and methodological catholicity makes it something of a blockbuster.

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9780226615998 | Univ of Chicago Pr, October 15, 1990, cover price $32.00 | About this edition: "The Work of Culture is the product of two decades of field research by Sri Lanka's most distinguished anthropological interpreter, and its combination of textual analysis, ethnographic sensitivity, and methodological catholicity makes it something of a blockbuster.

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Product Description: Here Gananath Obeyesekere debunks one of the most enduring myths of imperialism, civilization, and conquest: the notion that the Western civilizer is a god to savages. Using shipboard journals and logs kept by Captain James Cook and his officers, Obeyesekere reveals the captain as both the self-conscious civilizer and as the person who, his mission gone awry, becomes a "savage" himself...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780691056807 | Princeton Univ Pr, July 1, 1992, cover price $49.50 | About this edition: Here Gananath Obeyesekere debunks one of the most enduring myths of imperialism, civilization, and conquest: the notion that the Western civilizer is a god to savages.

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9780691057521 | Reprint edition (Princeton Univ Pr, November 24, 1997), cover price $41.95 | About this edition: Here Gananath Obeyesekere debunks one of the most enduring myths of imperialism, civilization, and conquest: the notion that the Western civilizer is a god to savages.
9780691036212 | Reprint edition (Princeton Univ Pr, March 1, 1994), cover price $17.95 | About this edition: Here Gananath Obeyesekere debunks one of the most enduring myths of imperialism, civilization, and conquest: the notion that the Western civilizer is a god to savages.

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Product Description: Hair--whether present or absent, restored or removed, abundant or scarce, long or short, bound or unbound, colored or natural--marks a person as clearly as speech, clothing, and smell. It defines a person's gender, sexual availability and desirability, age, social status, and even political stance...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By Alf Hiltebeitel (editor), Barbara D. Miller (editor) and Gananath Obeyesekere (foreword by)

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9780791437414 | State Univ of New York Pr, May 1, 1998, cover price $55.50 | About this edition: Hair--whether present or absent, restored or removed, abundant or scarce, long or short, bound or unbound, colored or natural--marks a person as clearly as speech, clothing, and smell.

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9780791437421 | State Univ of New York Pr, May 1, 1998, cover price $31.95 | About this edition: An interdisciplinary exploration of the meanings of hair in Asia from classical times to contemporary contexts.

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Product Description: With Imagining Karma, Gananath Obeyesekere embarks on the very first comparison of rebirth concepts across a wide range of cultures. Exploring in rich detail the beliefs of small-scale societies of West Africa, Melanesia, traditional Siberia, Canada, and the northwest coast of North America, Obeyesekere compares their ideas with those of the ancient and modern Indic civilizations and with the Greek rebirth theories of Pythagoras, Empedocles, Pindar, and Plato...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780520232204 | Univ of California Pr, October 1, 2002, cover price $85.00 | About this edition: With Imagining Karma, Gananath Obeyesekere embarks on the very first comparison of rebirth concepts across a wide range of cultures.

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9780520232433 | Univ of California Pr, October 1, 2002, cover price $33.95 | About this edition: With Imagining Karma, Gananath Obeyesekere embarks on the very first comparison of rebirth concepts across a wide range of cultures.

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Product Description: In this radical reexamination of the notion of cannibalism, Gananath Obeyesekere offers a fascinating and convincing argument that cannibalism is mostly "cannibal talk," a discourse on the Other engaged in by both indigenous peoples and colonial intruders that results in sometimes funny and sometimes deadly cultural misunderstandings...read more

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9780520243071 | Univ of California Pr, May 13, 2005, cover price $85.00 | About this edition: In this radical reexamination of the notion of cannibalism, Gananath Obeyesekere offers a fascinating and convincing argument that cannibalism is mostly "cannibal talk," a discourse on the Other engaged in by both indigenous peoples and colonial intruders that results in sometimes funny and sometimes deadly cultural misunderstandings.

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9780520243088 | Univ of California Pr, May 13, 2005, cover price $31.95 | About this edition: In this radical reexamination of the notion of cannibalism, Gananath Obeyesekere offers a fascinating and convincing argument that cannibalism is mostly "cannibal talk," a discourse on the Other engaged in by both indigenous peoples and colonial intruders that results in sometimes funny and sometimes deadly cultural misunderstandings.

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Product Description: This anthropological work of unusual historical depth describes the pattern of land tenure and resulting social structure in the Ceylonese village of Madagama. Dr Obeyesekere analyses the contemporary system in detail, and traces the evolution of every land holding and the correlated kinship pattern from the inception of the estate in 1790...read more

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9780521058544 | 1 edition (Cambridge Univ Pr, March 1, 1967), cover price $44.50

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9780521053259 | 1 edition (Cambridge Univ Pr, February 29, 2008), cover price $49.99 | About this edition: This anthropological work of unusual historical depth describes the pattern of land tenure and resulting social structure in the Ceylonese village of Madagama.

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Product Description: While a rational consciousness grasps many truths, Gananath Obeyesekere believes an even richer knowledge is possible through a bold confrontation with the stuff of visions and dreams. Spanning both Buddhist and European forms of visionary experience, he fearlessly pursues the symbolic, nonrational depths of such phenomena, reawakening the intuitive, creative impulses that power greater understanding...read more

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9780231153621 | Columbia Univ Pr, January 27, 2012, cover price $60.00 | About this edition: While a rational consciousness grasps many truths, Gananath Obeyesekere believes an even richer knowledge is possible through a bold confrontation with the stuff of visions and dreams.

In May 2009, the Sri Lankan army overwhelmed the last stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam—better known as the Tamil Tigers—officially bringing an end to nearly three decades of civil war. Although the war has ended, the place of minorities in Sri Lanka remains uncertain, not least because the lengthy conflict drove entire populations from their homes. The figures are jarring: for example, all of the roughly 80,000 Muslims in northern Sri Lanka were expelled from the Tamil Tiger-controlled north, and nearly half of all Sri Lankan Tamils were displaced during the course of the civil war.Sharika Thiranagama's In My Mother's House provides ethnographic insight into two important groups of internally displaced people: northern Sri Lankan Tamils and Sri Lankan Muslims. Through detailed engagement with ordinary people struggling to find a home in the world, Thiranagama explores the dynamics within and between these two minority communities, describing how these relations were reshaped by violence, displacement, and authoritarianism. In doing so, she illuminates an often overlooked intraminority relationship and new social forms created through protracted war.In My Mother's House revolves around three major themes: ideas of home in the midst of profound displacement; transformations of familial experience; and the impact of the political violence—carried out by both the Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan state—on ordinary lives and public speech. Her rare focus on the effects and responses to LTTE political regulation and violence demonstrates that envisioning a peaceful future for postconflict Sri Lanka requires taking stock of the new Tamil and Muslim identities forged by the civil war. These identities cannot simply be cast away with the end of the war but must be negotiated anew.
By Gananath Obeyesekere (foreword by)

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9780812243420 | Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, September 21, 2011, cover price $59.95 | About this edition: In May 2009, the Sri Lankan army overwhelmed the last stronghold of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam—better known as the Tamil Tigers—officially bringing an end to nearly three decades of civil war.

Paperback:

9780812222845 | Univ of Pennsylvania Pr, October 16, 2013, cover price $26.50

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