Ponds are ubiquitous in the Maithil region of Nepal, and they figure prominently in folk narratives and ceremonial paintings produced by women there. I argue that in Maithil women’s folktales, as in their paintings, the trope of ponds shifts the imaginative register toward women’s perspectives and the importance of women’s knowledge and influence in shaping Maithil society, even as this register shift occurs within plots featuring male protagonists.
This article seeks to reflect on how concepts such as “ritual,” “illness,” and “health” are intertwined in the practice of Bengali healers and their customers. By objecting to past and present logics that ascribe to folk healing an innate subalternity because of context (e.g., the village), mode of transmission (e.g., orality), gender and social background of votaries (e.g., low-caste, working-class sectors), my analysis discusses health-seeking rituals as an arena for revolutionary negotiations.
East Asian Science, Technology and Society: an International Journal
The article presents one Tibetan doctor’s perceptions of practicing Tibetan medicine in various different national contexts. In each context we find a localized form of Tibetan medicine that in various ways is subject to the transformative forces of modernity and scientization. His story catalogues the historical changes that have occurred in Tibetan medicine in last forty years from the perspective of a medical practitioner who has experienced them directly.
This paper uses a range of early (100-400 C.E .) martyrological narratives, in association with novels and apocalyptic discourses of the same era, to show the appeal of such narratives to early Christian audiences' prurience into sadoerotic violence. The sado-erotic voyeurism invited can be placed in historical and performative continuity with the Roman spectacle, literary ambivalence over female chastity, and both geographical and heresiographical fantasies about the sexual and cultural predilections of the Other.
This paper examines the musical variations of the phet, a Tibetan word sung in chod dbyangs chants practiced specifically by the Kagyu sect. The repertoire of dbyangs chants, a genre of Tibetan Buddhist vocal music, is vast in Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The dbyangs composed for a particular text within a particular type of practice may have different versions according to different sects, monasteries, masters, or even time periods. The same dbyangs ritual within a monastery may also differ from one performer and performance to another.