By Bruce Kapferer
The Sinhalese exorcism rituals are might be the main complicated and the main excellent in functionality nonetheless extant. For this moment variation, the writer has written a brand new preface and creation during which he argues that the innovations of therapeutic in Sri Lanka and the aesthetics of this therapeutic can't be lowered to Western psychoanalytic or psychotherapeutic phrases, and develops new and unique techniques to ritual and the cultured commonly.
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The most influential families in the respective temple associations are descendants of those who founded the Religion, Class, and Chang< 29 temples. During religious festivals and other temple events, supporters of the two temples often express rivalry, and the two temple associations argue over which temple is the most "true" to the Buddha's teaching. This rivalry has both local and national political relevance and has implications for the articulation of the karava community into the wider national political scene.
The appeal to several specialist p r a c t i c e s is consistent with a cultural view which understands them as addressing different facets of an illness. This cultural view, of course, is also supported by the particular conceptual and technical emphasis of the several specialist p r a c t i c e s available. It is in the serial or simultaneous combination of p r a c t i c e s t h a t Sinhalese can deal with illness in the fullness of its potential significances as these may be conceived of, and i n t e r - r e l a t e d , through cultural ideas.
The new Buddhist ethic was harnessed to their community interests, and, with its emphasis on thrift, saving, and hard work, it legitimated their enterprise indeed they were living examples of its verity. But more than this, attached as the Buddhist revival was to the expression of Sinhalese identity and nationalist feelings, it provided an ideological framework within which traders who were overseas for long periods of time could maintain their leadership role and communicate an identity with those at home.
A celebration of demons: Exorcism and the aesthetics of healing in Sri Lanka by Bruce Kapferer