Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalrymple

By William Dalrymple

From the writer of The final Mughal ("A compulsively readable masterpiece" -The ny assessment of Books), a wonderful, captivating publication that illuminates the extraordinary ways that conventional different types of non secular lifestyles in India were reworked within the vortex of the region's quick change-a booklet that distills the author's twenty-five years of trip in India, taking us deep into methods of lifestyles that we'd differently by no means have identified exist.

A Buddhist monk takes up fingers to withstand the chinese language invasion of Tibet-and spends the remainder of his lifestyles atoning for the violence through hand printing the best prayer flags in India . . . A Jain nun assessments her powers of detachment as she watches her closest good friend ritually starve herself to dying . . . a girl leaves her middle-class lifestyles in Calcutta and unearths unforeseen success residing as a Tantric in an remoted, skull-filled cremation flooring . . . a jail warder from Kerala is worshipped as an incarnate deity for 3 months of each yr . . . An idol carver, the twenty-third in a protracted line of sculptors, needs to reconcile himself to his son's wish to research desktop engineering . . . An illiterate goatherd from Rajasthan retains alive in his reminiscence an historic four-thousand-stanza sacred epic . . . A temple prostitute, who at the beginning resisted her personal initiation into intercourse paintings, pushes either her daughters right into a exchange she still regards as a sacred calling.

William Dalrymple chronicles those lives with expansive perception and a spellbinding evocation of situation. And whereas the tales exhibit the energetic resilience of people within the face of the relentless onslaught of modernity, they exhibit besides the continuity of old traditions that suffer to at the present time. a blinding travelogue of either position and spirit.

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