Sensory Biographies : Lives and Deaths among Nepal's Yolmo Buddhists (Ethnographic Studies in Subjectivity)

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Sensory Biographies : Lives and Deaths among Nepal's Yolmo Buddhists (Ethnographic Studies in Subjectivity)

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  • 言語 ENG,ENG
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Robert Desjarlais's graceful ethnography explores the life histories of two Yolmo elders, focusing on how particular sensory orientations and modalities have contributed to the making and the telling of their lives. These two are a woman in her late eighties known as Kisang Omu and a Buddhist priest in his mid-eighties known as Ghang Lama, members of an ethnically Tibetan Buddhist people whose ancestors have lived for three centuries or so along the upper ridges of the Yolmo Valley in north central Nepal. It was clear through their many conversations that both individuals perceived themselves as nearing death, and both were quite willing to share their thoughts about death and dying. The difference between the two was remarkable, however, in that Ghang Lama's life had been dominated by motifs of vision, whereas Kisang Omu's accounts of her life largely involved a "theatre of voices." Desjarlais offers a fresh and readable inquiry into how people's ways of sensing the world contribute to how they live and how they recollect their lives.

Table of Contents

        List of Illustrations                      vii
Note on Transliteration ix
Kuragraphy 1 (19)
Hardship, Comfort 20 (34)
Twenty-Seven Ways of Looking at Vision 54 (48)
Startled into Alterness 102(31)
A Theater of Voices 133(19)
``I've Gotten Old'' 152(9)
Essays on Dying 161(15)
``Dying Is This'' 176(6)
The Painful Between 182(7)
Desperation 189(12)
The Time of Dying 201(5)
Death Envisioned 206(13)
To Phungboche, by Force 219(11)
Staying Still 230(6)
Mirror of Deeds 236(9)
Here and There 245(10)
``So: Ragged Woman'' 255(20)
Echoes of a Life 275(34)
A Son's Death 309(6)
The End of the Body 315(13)
Last Words 328(25)
Notes 353(22)
Glossary of Terms 375(4)
References 379(10)
Acknowledgments 389(4)
Index 393