By Ronald L. Barrett, Jonathan P. Parry
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At the same time, I see a need to acknowledge areas of intersection between certain features of Aghor and those that contribute to operational definitions of Tantra in South 12 Introduction Asian religious studies. The task is nevertheless problematic; indeed, several of these definitions in the literature are prefaced with the famous quotation that Tantrism is “probably one of the haziest notions and misconceptions the Western mind has evolved” (Guenther 1971: 103). The etymology of Tantra is based upon a metaphor of weaving; the Sanskrit root tan signifies the extension of threads in a warp.
I could follow the biomedical process and trace its relative influence in the pluralistic mixtures of “masala medicines” that are often found in India. Nursing also gave me a framework for tracing therapeutic interventions across different healing systems. Bearing in mind the shortcomings of cross-cultural interpretation, I could use these assessments to help me identify whether, and to what degree, a physician’s bedside manner was well practiced or merely performed for my benefit, as was sometimes the case.
Speaking about medical efficacy, Indians who use multiple systems often discuss the quality of their healers more than the methods (Nichter and Nordstrom 1989; Kakar 1982; Beals 1976). I argue that this emphasis reflects the fact that the practice of medicine in India is strongly informed by a cultural model of food exchange, in which foodstuffs, especially foods that have been cooked or highly prepared in some way, carry the qualities, both polluting and purifying, of the people who serve them (see Marriott 1976).
Aghor Medicine: Pollution, Death, and Healing in Northern India by Ronald L. Barrett, Jonathan P. Parry