Shamans Mystics and Doctors

"With extraordinary sympathy, open-mindedness, and insight Sudhir Kakar has drawn from both his Eastern and Western backgrounds to show how the gulf that divides native healer from Western psychiatrist can be spanned."—Rosemary Dinnage, ...

Author: Sudhir Kakar

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226422794

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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Sudhir Kakar, a psychoanalyst and scholar, brilliantly illuminates the ancient healing traditions of India embodied in the rituals of shamans, the teachings of gurus, and the precepts of the school of medicine known as Ayurveda. "With extraordinary sympathy, open-mindedness, and insight Sudhir Kakar has drawn from both his Eastern and Western backgrounds to show how the gulf that divides native healer from Western psychiatrist can be spanned."—Rosemary Dinnage, New York Review of Books "Each chapter describes the geographical and cultural context within which the healers work, their unique approach to healing mental illness, and . . . the philosophical and religious underpinnings of their theories compared with psychoanalytical theory."—Choice
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Mad and Divine

Sudhir Kakar, India’s foremost practitioner of psychoanalysis, has focused his career on infusing this preeminently Western discipline with ideas and views from the East.

Author: Sudhir Kakar

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226422879

Category: Psychology

Page: 178

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Sudhir Kakar, India’s foremost practitioner of psychoanalysis, has focused his career on infusing this preeminently Western discipline with ideas and views from the East. In Mad and Divine, he takes on the separation of the spirit and the body favored by psychoanalysts, cautioning that a single-minded focus on the physical denies a person’s wholeness. Similarly, Kakar argues, to focus on the spirit alone is to hold in contempt the body that makes us human. Mad and Divine looks at the interplay between spirit and psyche and the moments of creativity and transformation that occur when the spirit overcomes desire and narcissism. Kakar examines this relationship in religious rituals and healing traditions— both Eastern and Western—as well as in the lives of some extraordinary men: the mystic and guru Rajneesh, Gandhi, and the Buddhist saint Drukpa Kunley. Enriched with a novelist’s felicity of language and an analyst’s piercing insights and startling interpretations, Mad and Divine is a valuable addition to the literature on the integration of the spirit and psyche in the evolving psychology of the individual.
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The Essential Sudhir Kakar

Chiefly on psychoanalysis.

Author: Sudhir Kakar

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0198072457

Category: Psychology

Page: 394

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Chiefly on psychoanalysis.
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The Colors of Violence

In this provocative work, psychoanalyst Sudhir Kakar exposes the psychological roots of Hindu-Muslim violence and examines with grace and intensity the subjective experience of religious hatred in his native land.

Author: Sudhir Kakar

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226422844

Category: Psychology

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For decades India has been intermittently tormented by brutal outbursts of religious violence, thrusting thousands of ordinary Hindus and Muslims into bloody conflict. In this provocative work, psychoanalyst Sudhir Kakar exposes the psychological roots of Hindu-Muslim violence and examines with grace and intensity the subjective experience of religious hatred in his native land. With honesty, insight, and unsparing self-reflection, Kakar confronts the profoundly enigmatic relations that link individual egos to cultural moralities and religious violence. His innovative psychological approach offers a framework for understanding the kind of ethnic-religious conflict that has so vexed social scientists in India and throughout the world. Through riveting case studies, Kakar explores cultural stereotypes, religious antagonisms, ethnocentric histories, and episodic violence to trace the development of both Hindu and Muslim psyches. He argues that in early childhood the social identity of every Indian is grounded in traditional religious identifications and communalism. Together these bring about deep-set psychological anxieties and animosities toward the other. For Hindus and Muslims alike, violence becomes morally acceptable when communally and religiously sanctioned. As the changing pressures of modernization and secularism in a multicultural society grate at this entrenched communalism, and as each group vies for power, ethnic-religious conflicts ignite. The Colors of Violence speaks with eloquence and urgency to anyone concerned with the postmodern clash of religious and cultural identities.
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The Inner World

This fourth edition includes a Prologue which situates the work in the contemporary scenario.

Author: Sudhir Kakar

Publisher: OUP India

ISBN: 0198077157

Category: Psychology

Page: 280

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An inquiry into the development of Indian identity, the book examines the network of social roles, traditional values, and customs with which the threads of Indian psychological development are interwoven. This fourth edition includes a Prologue which situates the work in the contemporary scenario.
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Intimate Relations

His groundbreaking work explores India's sexual fantasies and ideals, the "unlit stage of desire where so much of our inner theater takes place." Kakar's sources are primarily textual, celebrating the primacy of the story in Indian life.

Author: Sudhir Kakar

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226422801

Category: Psychology

Page: 161

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Plumbing the hearts of women and men in India and exploring the relations they engage in, Sudhir Kakar gives us the first full-length study of Indian sexuality. His groundbreaking work explores India's sexual fantasies and ideals, the "unlit stage of desire where so much of our inner theater takes place." Kakar's sources are primarily textual, celebrating the primacy of the story in Indian life. He practices a cultural psychology that distills the psyches of individuals from the literary products and social institutions of Indian culture. These include examples of lurid contemporary Hindi novels; folktales; Sanskrit, Tamil, and Hindi proverbs; hits of the Indian cinema; Gandhi's autobiography; interviews with women from the slums of Delhi; and case studies from his own psychoanalytic practice. His attentive readings of these varied narratives from a vivid portrait of sexual fantasies and realities, reflecting the universality of sexuality as well as cultural nuances specific to India. Moving from genre to genre, Kakar offers a brilliant reading of verses from the Laws of Manu, the original source of Hindu religious laws, to uncover their psychological foundations—male terror of the female sexual appetite that shields itself by idealizing women's maternal role. Kakar also examines the psychosexual history of Gandhi at length, though his near-lifelong celibacy makes him an atypical subject. Gandhi's story is universal, Kakar says, because "we all wage war on our wants." In India's lore and tradition, complex symbols abound—snakes that take the shape of sensual women or handsome men, celibates sleep with naked women, gods rape their daughters, and a goddess fries a king in oil. With the analyst's "third ear," Kakar listens, decodes, and translates the psychological longings that find expression in Indian sexual relations.
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Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions

Shamans, Mystics, and Doctors. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Neusner, Jacob. 1993. Androgynous Judaism: Masculine and Feminine in the Dual Torah. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press. Ochs, Carol. 1977.

Author: Yudit Kornberg Greenberg

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781851099801

Category: Reference

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This is the first comprehensive resource on the subject of love in the teachings of the world's major religions, cultures, and philosophies.
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Religious Therapeutics

Kakar , Shamans , Mystics and Doctors , 172 . 44. Woodroffe , The Garland of Letters ( Varnamālā ) , 218-19 , 232 ; Woodroffe , Introduction to Tantra Shastra , 81-82 . 45. Eliade , Yoga , Immortality and Freedom , 215 . 46.

Author: Gregory P. Fields

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791449157

Category: Religion

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Explores the relationship between health and religion based on the model offered by the Hindu traditions of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Tantra.
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