Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Sign In  |  Sign up
Your Cart (0)
Best Deals
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Books > History > East Meets West > Alchemies of Violence: Myths of Identity and the Life of Trade in Western India.
Subscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Alchemies of Violence: Myths of Identity and the Life of Trade in Western India.
Alchemies of Violence: Myths of Identity and the Life of Trade in Western India.
Description
From the Jacket:

The several trading castes known generically as 'Marwaris' are among the most powerful and wealthy groups in India. While they have spread absorbing book explores their origin myths and the manner in which these myths construct and express their social identities.

Lawrence Babb draws attention to the special problems of self-definition faced by these groups and shows how myth engages these problems by using a distinctive symbolism drawn from the vedic rite of sacrifice. According to the author, origin myths utilize sacrifice as a master metaphor for creative power and social order. The trading castes employ this metaphor as a 'myth model' that explains who they are and how they fit within the social order. At the core of this identity are issues of violence, the social control of violence, and the traders relationship with martial communities. In response to these issues, maintains Professor Babb, myth configures their identity as a rejection of violence in sacrificial rites.

At a broader level, this book deals with three interrelated themes: the nature of India's caste system; the special character and specific place of trading castes in Indian society; and the role of myth as a repository of socially important knowledge. A unique feature of this book is that it is based mainly on the literature published by caste and religious associations supplemented by oral material.

Proposing a novel theory of the role of violence, non-violence and ritual symbolism, this book also provides fresh insights into the fashioning of caste identity. It will be welcomed by sociologists and anthropologists, and particularly those studying caste, society, myth and religion in South Asia.

About the Author:

Lawrence A. Babb is currently Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Amherst College, Massachusetts, where he has spent most of his career. His previous books are - The Divine Hierarchy: Popular Hinduism in Central India (1975), Redemptive Encounters: Three Modern Styles in the Hindu Tradition (1986) and Absent Lord: Ascetics and Kings in a Jain Ritual Culture (1996). He has also co-edited Media and the Transformation of Religion in South Asia (1995) [with Susan S. Wadley] and Multiple Histories: Cultre and Society in the study of Rajasthan (2002) [with Michael Meister and Varsha Joshi].

CONTENTS

List of Figures7
A Note on Transliteration9
Acknowledgements10
Chapter 1
Introduction
13
Chapter 2
Violence and the Ways of Trade
33
Chapter 3
Sages and Warriors
67
Chapter 4
Melted Warriors
97
Chapter 5
Warriors Exiled
141
Chapter 6
Going Public
185
Chapter 7
Traders Victorious
217
Bibliography235
Index243
About the Author255

Alchemies of Violence: Myths of Identity and the Life of Trade in Western India.

Item Code:
IDE617
Cover:
Hardcover
Edition:
2004
ISBN:
0761932232
Language:
English
Size:
8.7" X 5.7"
Pages:
254 (B & W Illus: 15)
Other Details:
Weight of the Book: 428 gms
Price:
$42.50   Shipping Free
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Alchemies of Violence: Myths of Identity and the Life of Trade in Western India.

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 6050 times since 2nd Oct, 2008
From the Jacket:

The several trading castes known generically as 'Marwaris' are among the most powerful and wealthy groups in India. While they have spread absorbing book explores their origin myths and the manner in which these myths construct and express their social identities.

Lawrence Babb draws attention to the special problems of self-definition faced by these groups and shows how myth engages these problems by using a distinctive symbolism drawn from the vedic rite of sacrifice. According to the author, origin myths utilize sacrifice as a master metaphor for creative power and social order. The trading castes employ this metaphor as a 'myth model' that explains who they are and how they fit within the social order. At the core of this identity are issues of violence, the social control of violence, and the traders relationship with martial communities. In response to these issues, maintains Professor Babb, myth configures their identity as a rejection of violence in sacrificial rites.

At a broader level, this book deals with three interrelated themes: the nature of India's caste system; the special character and specific place of trading castes in Indian society; and the role of myth as a repository of socially important knowledge. A unique feature of this book is that it is based mainly on the literature published by caste and religious associations supplemented by oral material.

Proposing a novel theory of the role of violence, non-violence and ritual symbolism, this book also provides fresh insights into the fashioning of caste identity. It will be welcomed by sociologists and anthropologists, and particularly those studying caste, society, myth and religion in South Asia.

About the Author:

Lawrence A. Babb is currently Professor of Anthropology and Asian Studies at Amherst College, Massachusetts, where he has spent most of his career. His previous books are - The Divine Hierarchy: Popular Hinduism in Central India (1975), Redemptive Encounters: Three Modern Styles in the Hindu Tradition (1986) and Absent Lord: Ascetics and Kings in a Jain Ritual Culture (1996). He has also co-edited Media and the Transformation of Religion in South Asia (1995) [with Susan S. Wadley] and Multiple Histories: Cultre and Society in the study of Rajasthan (2002) [with Michael Meister and Varsha Joshi].

CONTENTS

List of Figures7
A Note on Transliteration9
Acknowledgements10
Chapter 1
Introduction
13
Chapter 2
Violence and the Ways of Trade
33
Chapter 3
Sages and Warriors
67
Chapter 4
Melted Warriors
97
Chapter 5
Warriors Exiled
141
Chapter 6
Going Public
185
Chapter 7
Traders Victorious
217
Bibliography235
Index243
About the Author255

Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy
Based on your browsing history
Loading... Please wait

Warning: file(): SSL operation failed with code 1. OpenSSL Error messages: error:14090086:SSL routines:ssl3_get_server_certificate:certificate verify failed in /home/exotic/newexotic/rightside_details.php on line 293

Warning: file(): Failed to enable crypto in /home/exotic/newexotic/rightside_details.php on line 293

Warning: file(https://www.exoticindia.com/articlesearch.php3?searchval=Alchemies+of+Violence%3A+Myths+of+Identity+and+the+Life+of+Trade+in+Western+India.&xml=1): failed to open stream: operation failed in /home/exotic/newexotic/rightside_details.php on line 293

Items Related to Alchemies of Violence: Myths of Identity and the Life of Trade in... (History | Books)

Emerald City - The Birth and Evolution of an Indian Gemstone Industry
by Lawrence A. Babb
Hardcover (Edition: 2013)
Aditya Prakashan
Item Code: NAM575
$43.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Testimonials
Great website! Easy to find things and easy to pay!!
Elaine, Australia
Always liked Exotic India for lots of choice and a brilliantly service.
Shanti, UK
You have a great selection of books, and it's easy and quickly to purchase from you. Thanks.
Ketil, Norway
Thank you so much for shipping Ma Shitala.  She arrived safely today on Buddha Purnima.  We greeted Her with camphor and conch blowing, and she now is on Ma Kali’s altar.  She is very beautiful.  Thank you for packing Her so well. Jai Ma
Usha, USA
Great site! Myriad of items across the cultural spectrum. Great search capability, too. If it's Indian, you'll probably find it here.
Mike, USA
I was very happy to find these great Hindu texts of the ancient times. Been a fan of both Mahabhratham and Ramayanam since I was a small boy. Now the whole family can enjoy these very important cultural texts at home.
Amaranath
Very old customer. service very good.
D K Mishra, USA
I want to switch from Amazon to Exotic India Art. Please keep up good job and competitive prices so that INDIAN community find a value in this website.
Sanjay, USA
I have received my parcel from postman. Very good service. So, Once again heartfully thank you so much to Exotic India.
Parag, India
My previous purchasing order has safely arrived. I'm impressed. My trust and confidence in your business still firmly, highly maintained. I've now become your regular customer, and looking forward to ordering some more in the near future.
Chamras, Thailand
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2020 © Exotic India