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Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India by William Dalrympe, ISBN: 9781408800614
Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
By: William Dalrympe

 
Hardback, 304 pages

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Description - Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
 
A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet â€" then spends years trying to atone for the violence by hand-printing the best prayer flags in India. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve to death. A woman leaves her middle-class family in Calcutta, and her job in a jute factory, only to find unexpected love and fulfilment living as a tantric in a skull-filled hut in a remote cremation ground. A prison warden from Kerala becomes, for two months of the year, a temple dancer and is worshipped as an incarnate deity; then, at the end of February each year, he returns to prison.

An illiterate goat herd from Rajasthan keeps alive an ancient 4000-line sacred epic that he, virtually alone, still knows by heart. A devadasi â€" or temple prostitute â€" initially resists her own initiation into sex work, yet pushes both her daughters into a trade she now regards as a sacred calling.

Nine people, nine lives. Each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story. Exquisite and mesmerising, and told with an almost biblical simplicity, William Dalrymple’s first travel book in a decade explores how traditional forms of religious life in South Asia have been transformed in the vortex of the region’s rapid change.

 
 
 
Book Details - Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
 
ISBN : 9781408800614
 
Title : Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India
 
By: William Dalrympe
 
Binding : Hardback
 
Pages : 304
 
Publisher : Penguin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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