The Cult of the Goddess Pattini

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University of Chicago Press, Jan 1, 1984 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 629 pages
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Pattini—goddess, virgin, wife, and mother; folk deity of Sinhala Buddhists and Jains; and assimilated goddess of the Hindu pantheon—has been worshiped in Sri Lanka and South India for fifteen hundred years or more, as she still is today. This long-awaited book is the culmination of Gananath Obeyesekere's comprehensive study of the Pattini cult and its historical, sociological, and psychoanalytical role in the culture of South Asia. A well-known anthropologist and a native of Sri Lanka, Obeyesekere displays his impeccable scholarship and a stunning range of theoretical perspectives in this work, the most detailed analysis of a single religious complex in South Asian ethnography (and possibly in all of anthropology).

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Gananath Obeyesekere is Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He is the author of "Imagining Karma: Ethical""Transformation in Amerindian, Buddhist, and Greek Rebirth "(California, 2002), "The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the""Pacific "(1997), "The Work of Culture: Symbolic Transformation in""Psychoanalysis and Anthropology "(1990), "The Cult of the Goddess Pattini" (1984), and "Medusa's Hair: An Essay on Personal Symbols and Religious""Experience "(1984).

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