Divine Passions: The Social Construction of Emotion in India by Owen M. Lynch

By Owen M. Lynch

Bare holy males denying sexuality and feeling; aged humans basking within the heat and defense supplied through dedicated and attentive kinfolk; fastidious clergymen involved completely with ideas of purity and trivialities of formality perform; puritanical moralists concealing girls and sexuality in the back of purdah's veils--these are popular Western stereotypes of India. The essays in Divine Passions, despite the fact that, paint different, extra colourful and emotionally alive images of India: ecstatic non secular devotees rolling in temple airborne dirt and dust; gray-haired elders caring approximately overlook and mistreatment by means of relations; clergymen pursuing a lusty, carefree perfect of the great lifestyles; and jokers reviling each other with bawdy, sexual insults at marriages.Drawing on wealthy ethnographic information from emotion-charged situations, those essays query Western educational theories of emotion, rather those who decrease feelings to physiological sensations or to an individual's inner most emotions. featuring an alternate view of feelings as culturally built and morally evaluative thoughts grounded within the physically self, the individuals to Divine Passions aid dispel a few of the West's continual misconceptions of Indian emotional adventure. additionally, the version as an entire argues for a brand new and diversified realizing of India in line with box learn and an realizing of the devotional (bhakti) culture.

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It was, and was created by, action; it was embedded in the person, and it was hard to get rid of; it was carried from birth to birth and could be passed on from generation to generation. But it differed from the idea of karma in at least one crucial way: without parakkam, love was impossible. From one point of view, as I have tried to suggest, parakkam was love, or rather, it was the behavioral side of a reality that had also an emotional component, as weeping consists of both sorrow and tears.

2. The following paragraphs up to and including that on behaviorism rely heavily on Lyons (1980:1-32). 3. Kemper (1987; see also 1981) is a recent attempt to reconcile a physicalist with a social constructionist perspective on emotion. He says four primary emotionsfear, anger, depression, and satisfactionare caused by the action of neurochemicals on the body's autonomic system. All other emotions, in his opinion, are derived from the primary four by processes of socialization and social construction.

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